Rangers across Africa are enduring drastic cuts in salaries and resources due to the devastating economic impact of Covid-19, leaving their families destitute and wildlife unprotected. Ranger teams around the continent are therefore uniting for the Wildlife Ranger Challenge to raise money to help thousands of their colleagues, enabling them to support themselves and their communities, and to protect iconic African wildlife such as elephants, pangolins, rhinos, and lions.
You too can effect change by showing your appreciation for these everyday heroes.
On October 3rd, lace up your shoes and walk or run virtually with more than 200 African Wildlife Rangers. Count each step as a move toward bringing ranger teams back up to pre Covid-19 capacity. Every step you take in solidarity will be logged and seen by the rangers participating in the challenge.
How It Works
- Join the Race
- Support with a £25 Suggested Donation
- Run the Race and Log Your Time
There are three main components of the Wildlife Ranger Challenge:
- Challenge: A competition with teams of rangers from across Africa running in a 21 km half-marathon and testing their tracking ability, identification skills, and wildlife knowledge with a ranger quiz. The public can also donate and join the race by choosing a 5, 10, or 21 km run, or walk. The public can take the ranger quiz and a series of exercise based challenges.
- Ranger Fund: The Scheinberg Relief Fund has generously committed a $5 million matching fund in support of rangers in most need. A global public fundraising and awareness campaign for the Wildlife Ranger Challenge seeks to raise $10 million for the Ranger Fund and put thousands of rangers back in the field.
- Online Photography Auction: Proceeds from the sale of limited edition wildlife photographs by world-renowned photographers will go toward the Ranger Fund.