Today we celebrate World Ranger Day.
World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July, and is promoted by the 54 member associations of the International Ranger Federation (IRF). The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the International Ranger Federation. .
It’s estimated there are more than 100,000 reserves, parks and protected areas around the world.
Every day Park Rangers risk their lives to protect wildlife and habitats from poaching and other threats. They are generally under-equipped, underpaid, and because they usually work in remote areas out of the media spotlight, they are often under-appreciated.
Rangers work tirelessly to protect some of the world's most endangered species like tigers, elephants and rhinos—animals that are also among the most widely targeted by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade.
Around the globe, park rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. The day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Though we have only recently started Ranger services at various protected areas in the Maldives the work that has been undertaken so far by the Rangers is outstanding and we at BR office slaute all Rangers who are active on duty throughout the Maldives.
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