Rangers on the Frontlines of Conservation
They serve under various titles—rangers, forest guards, eco guard and field enforcement officers—but these men and women on the frontlines of conservation are perhaps the most important protectors of the world's natural and cultural treasures.
Rangers work tirelessly to protect some of the world's most endangered species like tigers, elephants and rhinos, which are also among the most widely targeted wildlife by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade.
Rangers live—and sometimes die—to protect nature.
According to the Thin Green Line Foundation, 1,000 rangers were killed in the last 10 years. That's close to 2 rangers a week, every week for the last decade. Governments often lack resources to equip and train rangers. They usually earn very little and some go months without receiving their salary or seeing their families.
While there is a clear need for more and better equipped rangers on the ground, WWF recognizes that supporting rangers must go beyond backpacks and boots. In order to be effective, these rangers must be backed by national laws that are enforced and they must have the respect of colleagues in the government.
Rangers are giving their lives to conservation. It's our turn to give back.
Please, give what you can. 100% of your donation will benefit WWF's Back a Ranger project, which helps rangers get the equipment, training, resources and infrastructure they need to stop wildlife crime.