Rangers remain the last line of defense not only for elephants but all of Africa’s wildlife. Despite risking their lives to protect our precious natural resources, their welfare isn’t well looked after; some earning as little as $2 a day.
Aside from the threats from poachers and wildlife, lack of adequate access to basic needs, amenities, and equipment, this is a job unlike any other with a whole set of underlying challenges beneath the green uniform.
It is a tough and thankless job, having to work from dawn to nightfall, and sometimes even through the night if they find a poacher’s tracks.
With no weekends, no public holidays, no birthdays or even Christmas, rangers must stay away from their families for up to 11 months out of a year and what goes on at home while they are away is enough to shake any man.
At Ulinzi Africa Foundation, we believe that the key to keeping the African elephant wild and thriving is to safeguard not only the elephant itself but also its habitat and roaming space.
To do this, we must work closely with the Rangers, to empower them to be more effective in their work. Our vision is to empower African Rangers by offering both financial and technical support to help them in conservation efforts.
We firmly believe that it is our responsibility as Africans, to protect our wild flora and fauna whilst working together with inter-governmental representatives and bodies, as well as private, international and local supporters of wildlife.
Indeed, it is the only way we will then be able to enjoy the bountiful privileges of nature’s wondrous resources, together.