This year, over 100 ranger teams across Africa are gearing up for the 2022 Wildlife Ranger Challenge, a multi-million dollar fundraising initiative, culminating in a 21km half marathon on Saturday 17th September. The race will be accompanied by a series of mental and physical challenges, including a new mini-challenge for ranger teams with canine units, in which dogs and handlers will demonstrate their tracking skills.
A survey conducted by Tusk at the recent Tusk Conservation Symposium found that the top five threats to conservation over the next ten years are:
- Habitat loss/land use change
- Human population growth
- Climate change
- Poaching/wildlife crime
- Human-wildlife conflict
The skills required to meet these challenges are indicative of the changing role of rangers on the front line of African conservation. The Challenge will demonstrate rangers’ wider responsibilities as conservationists, teachers, community support workers and leaders, contributing not just to their immediate communities but to global UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Following the success of the initiative, which has raised more than $13.5m to support rangers across Africa since its inception in 2020, the need to get behind the men and women working on the front line of conservation is greater than ever. Find out more, donate to the cause and sign up to run in solidarity with Africa’s rangers at wildliferangerchallenge.org
The Wildlife Ranger Challenge is supported by the Scheinberg Relief Fund.
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