As over 300 of the bravest men and women on the planet gather this week at the World Ranger Congress in Colorado, USA, we take this opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work these men and women do – across Asia, Africa and beyond.
Rangers are crucial to the protection of wildlife, forests and the natural world. Around the globe, there is a booming illegal wildlife trade that threatens the future of our natural places. It is a black market estimated to be worth $19 billion per year, run by highly organised criminal networks who are using ever-more sophisticated techniques.
Rangers are the first line of defence in the battle against the illegal wildlife trade. They stand between poachers and the forest every day. Without rangers, iconic species such as tigers, rhinos and elephants would have long since vanished from the wild.