Rally For Rangers
Give Rangers the Help They Need
to Protect Rhinos
In Zimbabwe’s private Lowveld conservancies, teams of local rhino monitors, hired from neighboring communities, work tirelessly every day of the year to identify and track every single black and white rhino living in the area. By keeping close track of each individual rhino, they can quickly detect and respond to poaching incursions.
When rhinos wander into insecure, invaded areas, the teams move them out of harm’s way: darting and then tranaslocate from high-risk areas to ‘safer’ locations. They closely monitor any rhinos with bullet or snare injuries and decide whether to call in vets to treat the injured rhinos, and to help rescue rhino calves orphaned by poaching. Thanks to this intensive monitoring and protection, the Lowveld’s population of black and white rhinos has now grown to nearly 90% of the country’s total, up from only 4% in the 90’s.
Wildlife rangers risk their lives to protect rhinos and other endangered species — they are the heroes of the conservation world.
We’re trying to raise $750,000 by December 31st, to buy boots, backpacks, first aid kits, food, medicine, fuel, scientific equipment, motorbikes, and more — everything that rangers need to keep doing the job to which they have committed their lives.
Will you help us Rally for Rangers, and support the courageous men and women on the front lines of conservation?
Every day, three rhinos are killed by poachers in Africa — and rangers sometimes pay with their lives while trying to keep them safe. Over the past 9 years, 871 rangers have died in the line of duty, most of them in Africa and Asia.
Highly-organized, heavily-armed poaching gangs are just one of the challenges rangers regularly encounter. These brave men and women spend weeks at a time away from their homes and families, patrolling thousands of miles through dense jungle or arid bush, often on foot. They cross raging rivers, dodge animal attacks, and fall ill with malaria and dengue fever.
Yet rangers keep going.
“I have had lots of different experiences with rhinos in the bush but I think my most memorable was rescuing every single one of our rhinos when the poaching got really bad. It was a big translocation operation and we were capturing every single day. We found every one of our rhinos so they could be darted and moved to a safer area. We did not leave even one behind. We moved with our rhinos and it was a big relief to see them all in their new home.”
– Rhino Monitoring Team Member, Bubye Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe
Your support has helped IRF provide wildlife rangers in India, Indonesia, and Southern Africa with resources to fight poachers, investigate crimes, monitor and care for rhinos, and educate local communities. Because of you, we’ve had great success — thanks to rangers’ dedication and bravery, the Javan rhino population has stabilized, and populations of black, white, and greater one-horned rhinos are growing.
But, the fight is not over. As “protectors of the protected,” rangers need more funding, training, and equipment—particularly as wildlife crime continues to increase throughout Africa and Asia.
Your gift will help rangers get the equipment, training,
and resources they need to protect rhinos and stop wildlife crime.
Thank you for helping rangers keep the planet safe for wildlife.