Rangers on the Thin Green Line
Dear Friends of Wildlife
Working for wildlife can be tough but quite honestly sometimes I know I have got the easy life. Take a moment to reflect on the working day of a wildlife ranger in many parts of the world. Brutal working environments – extremes of heat and cold – the risk of disease, low wages, few benefits, out-of-date of equipment (compared to the poachers on the other side), the increasing risk of being caught up in a fire-fight – the chance of being killed in the line of duty.
It’s World Ranger Day (31st July 2014) and it’s a time to honour the brave men and women who, on behalf of the rest of us, put their lives on the line trying to protect some of the world’s most iconic species from greed and destruction.
But don’t take it from me.
Take a look at what The Thin Green Line Foundation is saying: TGLF on Facebook
Take a look at HRH Prince Williams’ video message: Remember the rangers
Remember that more than 1,000 rangers have lost their lives in the last ten years, 53 rangers have been killed this year so far and rangers continue to die every single month in the battle to save our global wildlife heritage (two Kenya Wildlife Service rangers were killed on Friday 18th July this year).
So, on International Ranger Day, if you would like to show your solidarity then go to TGLF website, as I will be, to make a contribution and to make your voice heard.
Rangers all over the world, we salute you.