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Back a Ranger

Help the men and women on the front lines of conservation. 100% of your donation will benefit WWF’s Back a Ranger project. Just $15 could provide a fully-stocked first-aid kit in case a ranger is injured on patrol, and $25 could provide fuel for two weeks

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They serve under various titles—rangers, forest guards, game scouts and field enforcement officers—but share a common purpose: to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

Rangers work tirelessly to watch over some of the most endangered wildlife on the planet, like tigers, elephants and rhinos. Many of these animals are among the most widely targeted by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade, and rangers regularly pay with their lives while trying to keep them safe.

More than 100 rangers died on duty in 2015 and many more were injured, according to a recent report by the International Ranger Federation (IRF). Of these rangers, 42% were killed by poachers. And almost 90% of them worked in the two most dangerous continents for rangers: Asia and Africa.

Governments often lack resources to equip and train rangers, and rangers typically earn very little. Some go months without receiving their salary or seeing their families.

Rangers on the ground must be better equipped. But they also need support beyond backpacks and boots. They must be respected and supported by their governments and national laws against poaching enforced.

You can help rangers and the wildlife they protect
WWF’s actions focus on advocating for rangers and the need for increased professionalism, training and equipping rangers, and development and promotion of ranger standards and welfare. But we can’t do it alone.

WWF’s Back a Ranger project helps rangers get the equipment, training, resources and infrastructure they need to stop wildlife crime. When you donate to the project, 100% of your contribution will go toward providing rangers with everything from fully stocked first-aid kits to improved living conditions at a remote post.  

Spotlight: Selous Rangers

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania’s largest protected area, was once home to one of the greatest concentrations of African elephants on the continent. Tragically, rampant ivory poaching has reduced the population by 90 percent in fewer than 40 years.

At the frontline of these battlegrounds are the reserve wardens, village scouts, and rangers, whose role is to defend and safeguard the wildlife that lives in this landscape.

Namsifu Yohannes Marwa, a game warden in Selous, leads anti-poaching patrols in the landscape. His work, supported by Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), has been instrumental in the successful capture of 115 poachers and recovery of 16 elephant tusks.

“A challenge for me and my fellow commanders in the reserve is ensuring that we stop poachers before they kill an elephant, and that is what zero poaching means,” Marwa said.

Preventing all elephant poaching and supporting wardens like Marwa, rangers and village game scouts, are the first critical steps to improving Selous’s future. With your help, we can ensure that this natural treasure and the people who defend it are protected from harm.