July 31, 2014
Help Support Park Rangers Who Lay Their Lives on the Line
Today, World Ranger Day, we applaud those who stand at the front line of the struggle to save
our planet’s wildlife. They form a thin green line between the vast ecosystems
that gorillas, elephants, tigers, and pangolins call home and the ravages of
illegal killing, logging, and mining.
These park rangers—brave men and women—often work in extremely
difficult field conditions, with little financial support from their governments, and are
seemingly forgotten by some in the international community. They frequently lack the
training and equipment they desperately need to defend wildlife—and themselves. If they pay the ultimate price by dying in the line of duty, they regularly
leave behind widows and orphans with no means of generating income for basics like
food, clothing, and schooling. One loss of life can result in increased poverty
and misery for an entire family.
Some of the fallen are known.
At least 1,000 rangers have died while carrying out their duties in the past 10
We must protect the protectors and honor these wildlife heroes. Born
Free is proud to partner with The Thin
Green Line Foundation to provide essential anti-poaching equipment and
training to rangers, as well as financial support to families of rangers killed
in the line of duty. This initiative provides rangers with decent working
conditions and a living wage; provides necessary skills and tools; makes
rangers feel valued for their vital role at the front line of conservation; and
ensures that rangers’ families and communities have ongoing support.
The role of
rangers and The Thin Green Line has now been recognized by His
Royal Highness Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. I urge you to
join him in doing what you can to help rangers protect the wildlife
I know you care about so much.
Today, to wildlife rangers around the world, the message is simple... Thank
you. We value your work. We won’t forget you.
For the animals,
PS. If you would like to help us raise funds to support these rangers
and their families, please visit this
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