Africa's Rangers

The African ranger’s job is little understood and is often undertaken without recognition. Rangers have to work in remote wilderness areas under arduous conditions usually where communication is a serious challenge and resource support is extremely scarce. They make enormous sacrifices and regularly place their lives at risk in ensuring the integrity and conservation of Africa's protected areas.

The general public does not always appreciate the extent and complexity of the work that these rangers do and the positive impact that they make for conservation. With the pandemic of rhino, elephant and other poaching that is gripping Africa, it is more crucial than ever before, to expose the public to the incredible work that these amazing individuals do in ensuring that our natural heritage is preserved for future generations.

The Game Rangers Association of Africa provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa. Through supporting them you are supporting Africa's rangers and conservation.

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1 of 12: Rhino Security Patrol, Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland

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2 of 12: Rapid response call out chasing after poachers hunting with dogs, Somkhanda Private, Game Reserve, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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3 of 12: Rangers pause before crossing an open roadway and use hand signals to communicate with one another during a rhino security patrol, Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland

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4 of 12: An ranger stands with his anti-poaching dog at the start of a rhino security patrol, Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland

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5 of 12: An anti-poaching dog, stands ready and eager to begin a rhino security patrol, Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland

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6 of 12: A ranger lies hidden amongst thick vegetation at an observation post overlooking the Somkhanda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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7 of 12: The section ranger of an anti-poaching unit stands along his reserve boundary in a watch-tower that overlooks Mozambique. Tembe Elephant Park, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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8 of 12: A member of an elite anti-poaching unit stands guard over the head and tusks of an elephant bull that died. Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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9 of 12: A White Rhino has its horns removed so as to assist with anti-poaching efforts, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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10 of 12: An elite anti-poaching unit heads out on patrol during full moon, Phinda Private Game Reserve, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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11 of 12: A member of a rhino poaching gang lies face down in the road after his arrest at night, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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12 of 12: A rhino poaching gang member awaits transportation to a police station after his arrest, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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