In the current onslaught against Africa’s wildlife by poachers, organized crime and unscrupulous development, it is the rangers that must be remembered at the frontline of conservation. They must be supported for the sacrifices and efforts that they have made in protecting the iconic elephants, rhinos, lions, gorillas and many other species that make Africa the greatest wildlife continent on the planet.
These conservation heroes are ensuring that a legacy is left that will make an immense difference in keeping many species and animals alive. It is this wildlife heritage that can offer sustainable economic and job creating opportunities for the future. By protecting the wildlife and conservation areas we are ensuring the long-term survival of our own species!
This conservation photography project is carried out in partnership with the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) that provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa. This conservation photography project will use rangers as the “lead characters” to highlight the issues faced by conservationists and showcase opportunities for improved support of rangers in the future. Positive and targeted messages will be communicated that emphasise the critical role that rangers play in African conservation in ensuring that the continent’s natural heritage is preserved for the benefit of future generations. Support Africa’s Rangers by supporting the GRAA.
Peter Chadwick is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography. The iLCP’s goal is to use the art of high-quality photography to encourage people to take action in support of tangible and meaningful conservation measures.