About World Female Ranger Day
June 23 but #everydayisworldfemalerangerday
World Female Ranger Day celebrates and supports female anti-poaching rangers. Female rangers are bold, brave and resilient. They’re changing the game and paving the way for women to stand alongside men at the forefront of conservation. But they need allies.
Supporting Females on the Front Line of Conservation
There are brave female rangers out there right now, seizing snares, clearing out poachers’ camps, and patrolling vast wilderness areas - all in the name of wildlife conservation. Their work is so important, but it isn’t easy.
Naturally, women have different needs to men. We want to ensure that these women have access to the facilities, tools and support they need to do their jobs effectively and continue to stand strong on the front lines of conservation, alongside men.
Currently, less than 11% of the global wildlife ranger workforce is female. We want that number to increase. Women are natural communicators and protectors. This means that female rangers are strengthening relationships within the workplace and communities, and tuning into their nurturing nature to protect wildlife.
We want to empower females to become rangers, whilst encouraging anti-poaching teams to recruit more females. We are committed to providing necessary support for female rangers so they can build a long-lasting, meaningful career in conservation. Photo: Brent Stirton
A Pioneering Campaign to Create Positive Change
World Female Ranger Day is the first of its kind. Never before have female rangers been celebrated and recognised collectively on a global platform. We are dedicated to changing the attitudes towards the role of women in the field of conservation.
This platform enables female anti-poaching rangers across the world to come together, access peer support, offer and receive advice, and share their stories. The aim is to help them feel heard, united and unstoppable, whilst raising vital funds to support their work. Photo: Ilan Godfrey
Celebrating Role Models
As champions of wildlife conservation, as role models, as educators and as beacons of hope, these female rangers are not only transforming attitudes towards the role of women in Africa and beyond but are also showing the capabilities and success of females in traditionally male roles.
Many of these inspirational female rangers have overcome adversity, poverty and marginalisation. Becoming a ranger has empowered them and turned them into breadwinners and property owners, and has given them access to higher education and much-needed healthcare.
They are proving that females can achieve their goals and reach their dreams, whilst showing other females and young girls that anything is possible. Photo: Ilan Godfrey
Protecting the Protectors
Around 96 elephants are poached each day.
There were around 10 million wild elephants roaming the African landscape as recently as 1930. Today, there are only around 415,000 wild elephants remaining in Africa. This is a devastating loss. With elephants being killed at an alarming rate, that number is going to decline very quickly.
If we don’t do all we can to protect elephants, we risk losing them from our wilderness areas. We cannot let them disappear. A good start is to protect their protectors.
Through World Female Ranger Day, we are supporting female rangers who have dedicated their lives to safeguarding our last remaining elephants and other iconic species. Photo: Julia Gunther
Helping the Planet to Heal
Humankind has had a harsh wake-up call over the past year. COVID-19 has taught us that we are all connected. Nothing exists in isolation. From climate change, biodiversity loss or COVID-19, we are always linked to nature. A recent report by the IPBES* states that there are 1.7 million zoonotic diseases in the world, half of which could affect humans. We all need to work together to help protect the protectors at the source to help mitigate the risk of this happening.
COVID-19 has crippled tourism and funding for conservation projects within Africa and beyond. The lack of tourists visiting National Parks has led to many rangers losing their jobs or having significant salary cuts. The knock-on effect of this is huge, as one ranger alone may support up to 16 family members. Additionally, reduced vigilance in tourist hotspots has left wildlife even more vulnerable to poaching.
We need to act now to reverse the damage that’s been done and to prevent further damage. By supporting conservation efforts globally, including the work of female anti-poaching rangers, we can help the planet to recover and enable wildlife populations to thrive. Photo: IAPF
Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals
World Female Ranger Day centres its values around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically:
In keeping with these goals, this campaign will support female-led conservation efforts across the globe and increase gender diversity in anti-poaching ranger teams. Photo: Brent Stirton
Women For Women
World Female Ranger Day, launched by international NGO, How Many Elephants, co-founded by Holly Budge and Margot Dempsey. It has been created by women, about women, for women, with the support of men and women who respect and promote equality for women. Photo: Ilan Godfrey
“Having spent time on the front line with multiple all-female anti-poaching units in Africa, it’s evident why the female ranger movement is picking up such momentum. These women are proving to be highly successful as they ease local tension and strengthen relationships within their communities.”
Founder of How Many Elephants
Join Us in Our Mission to Celebrate and Support Female Rangers Globally and Protect Wildlife.