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What is World Female Ranger Day?

World Female Ranger Day celebrates and supports female anti-poaching rangers around the world, spotlighting Africa this year. 

The campaign has been created by women, about women, for women, with the support of men and women who respect and promote gender equality. This bespoke platform will enable female anti-poaching rangers across the world to come together, access peer support, offer and receive advice, and share their stories.

The funds raised through this platform will be passed on to female ranger organisations, ensuring that the funds are used to support women’s needs so that female rangers can do their jobs effectively.

Why are you celebrating female rangers only?

We also recognise the important role that male rangers play in protecting wildlife and wild spaces. However, less than 11% of the global wildlife ranger workforce is female. We want to ensure that female rangers receive all of the support they need so that they can continue to do incredible work, standing on the front line of conservation, alongside men. 

Women naturally have different needs to men, and we want to ensure these needs are met, which is why we are celebrating female rangers through World Female Ranger Day and the associated platform. With women being natural communicators, protectors and investing their earned income in their families, bringing gender equality into the workforce enhances conservation efforts and relationships within communities.

Why are you only focusing on female rangers in Africa this year?

This is the first time that female wildlife rangers will be recognised collectively on a global platform, to tell their stories, have access to peer support, offer and receive advice, and share knowledge. 

Whilst we recognise there are female rangers all over the world doing incredible work to protect our natural world, we have chosen to spotlight Africa this year. With an alarming rate of poaching occurring across the continent, we want to raise as much awareness and support as possible so that we can help to safeguard Africa’s wildlife.

In the years to follow, we will also be spotlighting other continents. 

I am a female ranger. How can I get involved?

First of all, thank you for all you do to protect wildlife and wilderness areas!

Our World Female Ranger Day platform enables female anti-poaching rangers, like you, to come together, access peer support, offer and receive advice, and share their stories.

We’re here to support YOU so that you can continue your incredible work.

Why should I support female rangers?

Because female rangers are amazing! They are bold. They are resilient. They are changing the game and paving the way for women to stand alongside men at the forefront of conservation, but they do need allies.

Currently, less than 11% of the global wildlife ranger workforce is female. Because the gender split is so large, the needs of female rangers are more likely to be overlooked. In order for women to do their work effectively, they need certain facilities and tools. Female rangers are so good at their jobs, and we believe that they deserve an equal chance to excel. If we can make their jobs easier through our initiative, then we have done our job.

Humankind has also 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 risks of this happening.

COVID-19 has also left wildlife vulnerable to poaching. With reduced tourism and funding, conservation organisations have struggled to operate fully. The work of anti-poaching rangers is paramount right now, and we want to do all we can to support their efforts. 


How do I sign up?

Simply click “sign up” at the top of the page and follow the steps. If you need a hand, please get in touch by emailing gulp@howmanyelephants.org

Where does my fundraising go exactly?

100% of funds raised go directly to How Many Elephants Charity, who will distribute the funds across a number of conservation organisations that work with female anti-poaching rangers, according to their needs and requirements.

Funds raised specifically in 2021 will be invested in female rangers within Africa, as we are spotlighting Africa this year.

Funds raised by approved female ranger teams on this site will go directly to them. These funds must be used for the benefit of female rangers, and How Many Elephants Charity will ensure the funds are allocated correctly.

There will also be a central pot of money, which will be held and managed by How Many Elephants Charity. Funds will be allocated to conservation organisations working with female rangers on a grant-making basis. Teams with female rangers will be able to apply for funding for the specific needs of female rangers.

We guarantee that the money you raise will support female anti-poaching rangers. You should be really proud of yourself for donating towards this good cause!

Is there a deadline that I have to raise money by?

Female rangers work hard on patrol every single day, so we want to work hard to raise funds for them every day, too!

There is no deadline for fundraising.

Sponsoring and Donating

Are my donations tax-deductible?

In the UK, donations are tax-deductible. You will receive a tax receipt via email.

For international donors, please contact us at gulp@howmanyelephants.org and we will assist you.

What is Gift aid?

Gift Aid is applicable in the UK only. Donating through Gift Aid means that charities can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It won’t cost you any extra. It’s basically a free donation added to your funds! 


For UK taxpayers you need to tick the checkbox when making a donation to make a Gift Aid declaration for the How Many Elephants to claim Gift Aid.


Can I get a new tax receipt?

If you have misplaced your tax receipt, don’t worry! We can re-issue it to you.

Simply email us at gulp@howmanyelephants.org with your name and donation amount, and we’ll pop it over to you.

I am having trouble donating.

Don’t worry - we are here to help!

If you’ve received an error message, this could mean that your card was declined or the transaction failed for some reason.

Please check that the details you entered are correct and there are sufficient funds available in the account associated with the card.

If you are still having problems donating, please email us at gulp@howmanyelephants.org and we will sort this out for you as soon as possible. 

Your donation is so important and will contribute towards conservation efforts in Africa, and so we will do everything we can to find a solution.

Can I make a donation on behalf of my business?

Generous businesses are more than welcome to donate to support female anti-poaching rangers!

When making your donation on our platform, you will see an optional 'Company' field. Simply enter your business name here and the tax receipt will be issued for the business.

We’re so thankful for your support!

How Many Elephants Charity

Who is the How Many Elephants Charity?

UK registered charity, How Many Elephants (1186238), is a powerful design-led awareness campaign and innovative in its 100% non-gory approach. It showcases the annual poaching rate of 35,000 elephants in Africa in a visual exhibition to inspire and educate a global audience about the devastating impacts of the ivory trade. In essence, it uses design as a powerful communication tool to bridge the gap between scientific data and human connection. How Many Elephants collaborates with and supports female rangers on the front line in Africa, as well as working with direct action NGO’s, conservationists, scientists, politicians, academics, creatives, businesses and change-makers who dare to say, “I can make a difference in this world”. Read more at www.howmanyelephants.org

How Many Elephants is the official organiser of World Female Ranger Day, and was founded by conservationist and adventurer, Holly Budge.


Primary & High Schools

How can our school get involved?

There are many ways in which your school can get involved to support World Female Ranger Day! 

We’re so pleased that you want to join us in our mission to help female anti-poaching rangers, promote gender equality within anti-poaching teams, empower women, and contribute towards wildlife conservation.

We believe it is hugely important for children to gain a clear understanding of the work being done to protect our wildlife and wilderness areas across the world, whilst also realising that there are so many opportunities to help. We want young girls, especially, to know that anything is possible - they can achieve their dreams, just like the female rangers!

So, to start, first register your school team. Once this is completed, shout from the school rooftop for all teachers, students and your entire community to join your team (this is a very important step!). Together, you can individually fundraise and will see your total impact as a team. 

Why not host a World Female Ranger Day ‘mufti day’ at your school to raise funds? Or organise a walk during your lunch breaks or whilst you wait for the bell to ring at the start of the school day? There are so many ways for you to fundraise for female rangers. You can get as creative as you wish!

There is also a Teacher Resource Pack available for you, designed by teachers for teachers. Click here for a full set of teachers’ resources, including lesson plans and assembly plans.

What does the Teacher Resource Pack include?

  • A unit of work aligned with the UK curriculum Key Stage 1 ages 5-7 and Key Stage 2 ages 7-11, Key Stage 3 – ages 11-14, Key Stage 4 – ages 14-16 
  • Easy to follow, fully developed and planned lessons with little to no prior lesson preparation required.
  • Lesson reflections embedded within the unit of work
  • Accompanying presentation slides for each lesson
  • Assessment task at the end of each unit of work.

Female Rangers

I have female rangers as part of a mixed team. Can I set up a fundraising page for my mixed ranger team?

Please email us at  gulp@howmanyelephants.org. We will send you a link with an application form.

How will funds be transferred to conservation organisations supporting female rangers?

We will discuss this process with you during our onboarding process.

Female Ranger Award

Where can I nominate a female ranger for an award?

Nominations for 2021 are now closed.

When do entries close?

The nominations for 2021 are now closed.

Who can nominate a female ranger for an Award?

The nominations for 2021 are now closed.

Hear about the female rangers and their mission to save wildlife.