World Ranger Day 2018 – A Celebration at Stony Point
CapeNature marine and field rangers from the East, Central and West regions descended on the Stony Point Nature Reserve on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 for a World Ranger Day event marked by respect, recognition and celebration. As the rangers gathered in the early morning, a sense of camaraderie and easy fellowship was evident as old acquaintances were renewed.
CapeNature CEO, Dr Razeena Omar addressed a group of rangers and invited guests and thanked all rangers for their invaluable and tireless service to CapeNature and the broader community. She made special mention of the need to create more opportunities for women in this field, and in recent years the numbers of female rangers have increased, but cautioned that this momentum must be maintained. Rangers Nicole Breda and Petrus Lamini then regaled the audience with tales from the field as they expanded on their love for nature and the challenges and delights that are part and parcel of their daily responsibilities.
Senior Ranger Cuan McGeorge is a veritable fount of knowledge on all things related to African penguins, and he imparted humour and wisdom in equal measures as he led the group on a tour of the breeding colony at Stony Point. He concluded with the poignant reminder that this very site, now wholly dedicated to conservation and regeneration, was once a place of slaughter when it was established as a whaling station in 1913.
Enticing aromas emanating from local eatery, On The Edge, were the cue for rangers to take up seats in the restaurant in anticipation of lunch. But there was another surprise in store. Local musician, Jimmy Nevis, delighted the crowd and had everyone in the room moving to the beat as he belted out a succession of fan favourites.
Refreshments and a delicious lunch soon had everyone in a convivial mood and a day of laughter, appreciation and celebration was rounded off with speeches of thanks from CEO, Razeena Omar and Executive Director: Conservation Management, Gail Cleaver-Christie as well as special message from Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. Click on the link below to watch that:
As the happy group of rangers started heading out for their journey home, CapeTalk started an outside radio broadcast. Click the hyperlinks below to listen in:
Our tireless rangers do it all – supporting conservation services, educating tourists and youth groups, fighting fire, performing law enforcement duties and more – and World Ranger Day was an opportunity to thank them for their hard work and dedication. And of course, the day has a global significance as rangers all around the work are the guardians of the earth’s natural heritage. The recognition of the value and importance of the work that rangers do is encapsulated in the theme for World Ranger Day 2018: “Stand with the World’s Rangers”.