World Ranger Day celebrated in the Arid Region

09 November 2016

World Ranger DayWorld Ranger Day is organised by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007. Around the globe, rangers are committed to protecting our natural heritage. World Ranger Day, celebrated on 31 July, offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education.

The South African National Parks (SANParks)’ Arid region includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and the Mokala National Park. Namaqua National Park and the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park are located within the Namaqualand Uplands and Richtersveld SKEP Geographic Priority areas.

Parks in the Arid Region participated in this initiative by either visiting schools or inviting students to the parks to share their knowledge and workspace. All the rangers in the five parks in the Arid Region observed a moment of silence and lit a candle commemorating their fallen counterparts. World Ranger Day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and celebrate those working diligently to protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.

This year tourists, the Academy for Environmental Learning in Upington and High Schools adjacent to the parks had the opportunity to see our rangers drill and simulate rhino poaching and other dangerous scenarios they’re dealing with on a daily basis.

If you would like to be part of this initiative next year, please contact Nadia Lemmetuis at the SANParks Arid Regional Office on +27 54 338 0600.

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