Over the last few months, I have been rather quiet on the social media space, choosing rather to “fly under the radar” as the events of CITIES and South African and American politics occupy our media platforms. The outcomes of these events will have huge long-lasting implications into the future for the already fragile state of our environment.
During these times, I have worked extensively at numerous protected areas, both within and beyond the borders of South Africa, and my time in the field has once again really highlighted, for me, the importance of the rangers at the frontline of conservation. No matter what political promises are made at high-levels, it is still these dedicated conservationists that will be patrolling everyday in the harshest of conditions to protect the last vestiges of wilderness and their iconic wildlife. Across Africa far too many rangers have been killed or injured in the line of duty and we desperately need to support them with reputable training and properly equip them so that they may undertake their duties with the highest levels of capability and professionalism. Support them to the fullest!
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.