Rangers are lacking in proper training, appropriate working conditions, adequate pay and benefits, government and legal support, and recognition for their heroic efforts. Only 50% of rangers report that they have adequate supplies or uniforms. Nearly 50% do not have access to clean drinking water. In the last 10 years 1,175 rangers have died on the job. Rangers earn less than other frontline workers like police officers and firefighters. Yet we ask them to work tirelessly for our planet.
RANGERS STEP IN
Rangers are the backbone of global biodiversity management and protection. They patrol on land and sea through extreme weather and tough terrain, putting their lives on the line. Rangers protect the places that give us clean air, water, food, fertile soil, medicines, and a stable climate. Ultimately, they save species, generate tourism, and advance livelihoods worldwide. These unsung heroes are our planet’s greatest guardians.
SPECIES IN CRISIS
At the beginning of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia. By 1970, rhino numbers dropped to 70,000, and today, around 27,000 rhinos remain in the wild. Very few rhinos survive outside of national parks and reserves due to persistent poaching and habitat loss over many decades. On top of that, the 2020 global Living Planet Index shows an average 68% fall in monitored vertebrate species populations between 1970 and 2016.