Celebrate World Ranger Day On 31 July

by CapeNature

Thursday 31 July marks World Ranger Day and commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, as well as celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

The work done by CapeNature’s 99 marine and field rangers does not go unnoticed and we acknowledge how important the work is. From protecting landscapes to protecting species from poachers to alien vegetation management to fire management to tourism work in helping visitors explore the Western Cape’s nature reserves, all this work is vital in our mandate of biodiversity conservation.

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, Field Rangers, CapeNature

The marine and field rangers are the frontline in the planet’s critical conservation battle and are almost the “jack of all trades” when it comes to our nature reserves. Our rangers provide services such as carrying out field and marine surveys, performing law enforcement duties – both on and off reserve – providing education to youth groups and tourists, applying basic first aid, assisting in gate guard duties, providing support to conservation services and to our biodiversity crime unit as well as doing general maintenance and repairs on our reserves. This all happens while also conducting administrative work such as compiling log sheets, writing reports and maintaining good relationships with conservation partner groups.

Ryan Jack, Hottentots Holland, CapeNature

Without the rangers, this world would be a very different place. So we thank these courageous individuals and praise them for their courage and dedication and we invite all visitors to our reserves to say hello to some of the rangers and recognise their tireless efforts this world ranger day on 31 July.

Meet Ryan Jack – Senior Field Ranger at Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

Meet Cornelius Julies – Senior Field Ranger at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

Meet Eric Pietersen – Field Ranger at Kogelberg Nature Reserve

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