World Ranger Day – 31 July 2013

Pic by Stew Nolan

Pic by Stew Nolan

World Ranger Day on Wednesday 31st July is recognised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Patron of the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) and world renowned conservationist Dr. Ian Player has recognised the crucial role that rangers play in the world today:
“The late Nick Steele who was a game ranger in the iMfolozi and Hluhluwe Game Reserves and ultimately became the director of the Department of Nature Conservation KwaZulu, once made a public statement. He said, ‘Wildlife conservation is the most noble cause in the world today’. I agree wholeheartedly with that statement. All over the world game rangers, both men and women of all nationalities are the thin green line protecting wild areas on our planet. Many have been killed and others wounded this year doing their duty. The national parks, game reserves and natural areas are a lifeline for the sanity of our species. Let us all honour these wonderful men and women who daily put their lives at risk.”

“May the Roar of the African Lion be heard by the Children of our Children’s Children and Forever” – Game Rangers Association of Africa