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About The Event

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 who respect and promote equality for women. 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 donated to female ranger organisations, ensuring that the funds are used to support women’s needs so that female rangers can do their jobs effectively.

What is the World Female Ranger Day Challenge?

A 7-day walking challenge raising much-needed funds to support female rangers on the front-line of wildlife and resource protection in Africa. It is specially designed to be inclusive and brings together a community of people across the world, of all ages and from all walks of life, who want to walk to make a difference.

Funds raised will support female ranger teams in Africa.

Challenge yourself to step into the boots of female rangers and walk distances that are covered by female rangers on a daily basis. 

Ready, steady, GO!

When is the World Female Ranger Day Challenge starting? 

World Female Ranger Day will be held each year on June 23rd. The World Female Ranger Day challenge will start on the 23rd of June and will last for 7 days (23rd - 30th June).  If you're unable to join us at this time, you can still take part! Simply choose a time that suits you best, pull up your socks, tie your boots, and get walking! The main thing is that you're walking to make a difference for female anti-poaching rangers and the wildlife they work hard to protect. 

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’d love to hear from you! If you would like to chat with other female rangers, from all over the world, you can join our closed Facebook group here.

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. 

Covid-19 Guidance

What is the guidance for walking outside with COVID-19 restrictions?

The World Female Ranger Day Challenge is designed so you can do the whole challenge virtually.  You can form a team to collectively contribute to your distance goal and fundraise together as well, but you don’t need to be together physically to do it; you can be a virtual team! And remember, from flights of stairs to laps of the garden – it all counts! You don’t have to take on a 10km hike in one go to reach your goal. 

When taking part in the World Female Ranger Day Challenge, please follow all Government guidance and social distancing rules.  For the most up to date advice, please look at your Government’s website for your area.

Can I organise a face-to-face group walk?

The World Female Ranger Day Challenge is designed so that teams can take part without having to meet in person. However, we understand people may want to walk together.  If you would like to meet up for a walk together, please check your Government's latest guidelines to check it is safe to do so. We want you to have fun, but we also want you to be safe!

Can I take part in the World Female Ranger Day Challenge if I have a health condition?

We’d love for you to join the World Female Ranger Day Challenge, but we don’t want you to push yourself too hard if you have a health condition. The great thing about this challenge is that you can complete it at your own pace and according to your own fitness level. Taking a few slow walks around the garden will count towards the challenge! We suggest speaking to your doctor before committing to the challenge if you have any worries or concerns about your health.

Taking Part As An Individual

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

If you are an incredible female ranger and would like to chat with other female rangers, you can join our closed Facebook group here.

Is the World Female Ranger Day Challenge open to all genders?

Of course! World Female Ranger Day is open to everyone. We champion inclusivity. This is why we want to support female anti-poaching rangers; we want to promote gender equality and inclusivity within anti-poaching teams. World Female Ranger Day raises funds for female anti-poaching rangers so that they can gain access to the support, facilities and tools they need as women to do their jobs effectively. We see huge value in men supporting female rangers, so that, together, we can shift attitudes towards women in front line roles and promote long-lasting equality and create change. So guys, step into your walking boots!

Do I have to choose the amount of time I walk each day?

Nope, it's entirely up to you! When you register, there's an option to 'Choose your own challenge'. Simply choose the distance you are comfortable with. Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day, that great! As long as you are complying with your local government’s COVID-19 rules and you are safe (and having fun!), there are no worries. For the super keen walkers out there, you might want to set yourself a bigger challenge. Perhaps you could walk half a marathon a day (21 km) for 7 days? 

Do I have to walk for a consecutive period of time?

You don’t have to but you can if you want to. If you’re feeling energetic and want to challenge yourself to a 21km walk to match the daily patrol of many female rangers, then we salute you. If you can do this for 7 consecutive days, then you can give yourself a big pat on the back. If you’re not quite ready for the full patrol, you can choose to break up your walking time throughout the day, whether that’s a 30-minute brisk walk in the morning, followed by a 30-minute afternoon stroll.

I don’t have time to walk. Can I participate in some other way?

We're loving your commitment to helping female rangers in Africa! We understand walking is not for everyone. There are definitely other ways you can get involved and support female rangers. You could pledge to be active in another way for that amount of time, for example, cycling, running, skipping or swimming. If you’re unable to participate in activities like these, you can still help! You can share this platform with your friends and family to encourage them to participate, or you could donate any amount of money to female anti-poaching rangers via our platform. You can also follow us on social media, where you can keep up to date with all things related to World Female Ranger Day and conservation, and you can share our content to raise awareness. 

Follow us on:

Instagram: @worldfemalerangerday

Facebook: @worldfemalerangerday

Twitter: @femalerangerday

Do I have to post about my walking on social media?

By posting your walking activity on social media, you're able to let your friends and family know that you're fundraising for a good cause. We encourage you to post your daily walks on social platforms, as long as you feel comfortable doing so. It is a great way to show your supporters what you’ve been up to, whilst also connecting with the wider World Female Ranger Day community. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #worldfemalerangerday! Join our Facebook group and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @worldfemalerangerday and Twitter @femalerangerday

If you're under 18, we advise you to get permission from your parents and/or guardians before you post or share anything on social media.

 

We recommend all parents/guardians read our Cyber Safety Tips.

How do I track my distance?

Your profile page includes a personal distance tracker, so you can track your progress. This is also a great way to keep your supporters updated on your activity!

If you track any other workouts with Fitbit or MapMyFitness, your distances will automatically be added to your tracker.

Follow these steps to track your kilometres automatically:

  1. Download the Fitbit or Map My Fitness app and set up your account.
  2. Log in to your Take Steps account.
  3. Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app.
  4. Follow the prompts to connect your account.
  5. When you next walk, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end and save your workout, your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.

If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and reconnect it.

When using Fitbit, you must ‘start’ an activity and save it. Your daily steps will not be automatically added to your page. If you are having issues, try syncing through BOTH your Fitbit and the Fitbit app on your smartphone.

Your tally will be updated each day with the previous day’s distances.

Please note: We do not connect to Strava. You can log your distance on the personal distance tracker.

I don’t have a fitness app. Where can I record my steps?

You can manually add your kilometres to the tracker in the ‘My Fitness Activity’ tab of your profile after registering. This is a great option if you’re using a pedometer or a different method of tracking your distances.

Follow these steps to manually add your kilometres:

  1. Log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’.
  2. Under ‘Add Activity’, enter the date and distance.
  3. The number of kilometres will now appear on your fundraising page!

Why hasn’t my fitness app activity updated?

Your distance tally will be updated with the previous day’s distances once a day. Please allow 24 hours for your distance and activity to update.

How much does it cost to join the World Female Ranger Day Challenge?

It is FREE to register and participate in the World Female Ranger Day challenge. You can patrol (walk) solo, as a team, or as a workplace. Any amount of money that you raise will make a huge difference to conservation efforts across Africa and beyond. 

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?

Every day is World Female Ranger Day! Although Our World Female Ranger Day Challenge starts 23rd June and finishes 7 days later on the 30th June, we encourage you to use this platform for fundraising throughout the whole year, whenever you want to.

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.

Taking Part As A Team

Can I start a team with friends, family or colleagues?

Definitely. The more the merrier! Creating a team for the "Ranger on Patrol" challenge is a great way to stay connected with your friends, family or colleagues, and you can also share the kilometres between you, which makes the challenge a little easier (and more fun!).

Exercising in a group is also a great motivator. It will help you to keep pushing yourself to reach your goal because everyone is doing it. You’ll never miss a session because you won’t want to let the team down!

There is no minimum or maximum team limit, so invite as many friends as you like. The more people on your team, the more funds you can raise for female rangers and wildlife.

Creating a team is easy. When you register, simply select ‘Create or join a team’. Then, think of a fun team name and start recruiting your team members to help make a difference!

If you need help setting this up, email us at gulp@howmanyelephants.org and we will help you complete the setup.

You can also join an existing team.

You’ll see that we also have leaderboards, where you can compete as a team (and as an individual) against other companies. It’s time to expose your competitive streak!

How do I invite people to my team?

It’s always more fun walking as a team. Creating a team to join the World Female Ranger Day fundraising challenge is a fun way to stay connected with friends, family or colleagues. After you create a team you can send pre-written email invites from your fundraising dashboard. Or simply share your team link, there’s a ‘Join Us’ button on the page.

We advise you to check your local government rules regarding COVID-19 to ensure you stay safe when walking as a team.

Can I invite anyone to join my team?

Yes, you can invite anyone to join your team. Invite your friends and family. Invite your colleagues and encourage them to invite their friends and family. The options are endless! It’s all about having fun in an effort to support female rangers in Africa. You will have the option to allow anyone to join your team, even if you don’t know them personally, or you can set your team to ‘private’ so only those you invite can join.

Can I share the distance of my chosen challenge with my team?

Walking feet always need a break! If you want to share the distance of your walk with your team, go for it! Just getting involved and making a difference for female rangers is what really matters.

Taking Part As A Workplace

How do I register for my workplace?

Click here to register your interest for your workplace and get ready to support female rangers in Africa! 

What is the difference between registering as a workplace and registering as a team?

You can register multiple teams under your workplace, and have access to your workplace leaderboard to see the progress of other teams and individuals. There's nothing like a little bit of friendly competition amongst colleagues!

You will also have access to some workplace resources that will help you and your colleagues to promote the challenge. Click here for more information.

Otherwise, if you and your colleagues only have one team participating, you can simply register as a team rather than a workplace.

What is the benefit of registering as a workplace?

It’s the perfect opportunity for your staff to get away from the screens, get active, and improve overall health and wellbeing. You could organise lunch walks, walking meetings, or after-work walks. 

You can create teams within your workplace by department, unit, or branch to spark some friendly competition between colleagues!

The female ranger walking challenge is an online, personal fitness challenge, so colleagues working from home, the office, interstate, or even abroad can all get involved.

Sponsoring and Donating

How do people sponsor me / my team?

Your personal fundraising page is your best friend! Your supporters can sponsor and donate to you / your team directly through your fundraising page. This will be set up as soon as you register.

How can I keep my sponsors up to date with my walking?

We love that you’re being accountable! There are a few ways that you can keep your sponsors up to date with your progress.

  1. Your Patrol Diary. This is your blog. You can find it on “My Page” on your fundraising hub. Post all of your updates here and invite your sponsors to your page for regular updates. You can make your blog as personal and interesting as you like to really keep your sponsors engaged!
  2. Send emails to your sponsors straight from your fundraising page. On your fundraising hub on “My Dashboard”, you will find “Get Support”. Here, you are able to send emails to your contacts, as well as share your page directly to your social media channels.
  3. Post your patrol on your social media. We know it can seem daunting but many of your supporters will most likely be connected with you on your social media channels. By posting your walking activity on social media, using the hashtag #worldfemalerangerday and tagging @worldfemalerangerday, you can also be featured on our social media channels, as well as connecting to the wider World Female Ranger Day community.

Are my donations tax-deductible?

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


For large donations from USA, and Australia. Please contact us on 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. Boo!

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!

Merchandise

How long will it take to receive my merchandise?

Everybody loves merchandise! It’s a great way to show that you support a good cause. 

All merchandise will be sent from the UK.  Depending on your location, delivery times may vary. Delivery times may also be delayed due to COVID-19.

We totally understand that you’re excited to show off your new World Female Ranger Day merchandise. It won’t be long until you can! 

If you haven’t received your item within 14 days, please contact us at gulp@howmanyelephant.org

 

Can I receive a refund or exchange?

Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds or exchanges due to a change of mind or incorrect ordering on sizes. Please ensure you read the sizing chart and order accordingly.

If your merchandise is damaged or faulty, we can provide a refund. Alternatively, we can exchange any faulty items. Please contact gulp@howmanyelephants.org and we will sort this out for you.

We hope that you love your new World Female Ranger Day merchandise!

If I purchase merchandise, can I nominate for the amount to be added to my/a participants fundraising total?

Unfortunately not. Sorry! All merchandise will be sold separately to fundraising. However, your purchase will still contribute towards supporting female rangers in Africa, so you don’t need to worry about that!

My merchandise never arrived, what can I do?

Uh oh - we’re sorry to hear that! All merchandise parcels will have a tracking number but unfortunately, we cannot take responsibility for lost or stolen items. Please ensure the address you provided upon check out is correct.

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.

Who founded How Many Elephants?

How Many Elephants, founded by world-class adventurer and conservationist, Holly Budge, has been supporting female anti-poaching rangers in Africa for the past seven years. She earned the rare privilege of patrolling on the front line with the Akashinga Rangers in Zimbabwe and The Black Mambas in South Africa. Described as “one of the UK’s most accomplished female adventurers”, Holly is the first woman to skydive Everest and has summited Everest. Through her adventures, she has fundraised over £400K. She founded How Many Elephants in 2013, while studying for a Masters in Sustainable Design. Read more at www.hollybudge.com. How Many Elephants is the creator of World Female Ranger Day.

Who founded World Female Ranger Day?

World Female Ranger Day was co-founded by two women with a passion for wildlife conservation - Holly Budge (Founder of How Many Elephants) and Margot Dempsey (Head of Communications at How Many Elephants). They’re committed to providing ongoing support to conservation organisations and female anti-poaching rangers within Africa and beyond via How Many Elephants and World Female Ranger Day.

Schools

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.

Do we have to choose one of the options for the amount of time we walk on patrol each day?

Nope! This challenge is flexible to suit the needs of you, your fellow teachers and your students. 

When you register, there's an option to 'Choose your own challenge'. Choose whatever you are comfortable with. If that's 15 mins a day, great! If it’s 60 minutes a day, that’s also great! The main thing is that you are safe and having fun, whilst raising funds for female anti-poaching rangers. 

For the keen walkers out there, you might want to set yourself a bigger challenge and walk the distance of a half marathon (21 km), which is the same distance that the female rangers cover on a daily patrol!

The World Female Ranger Day challenge is designed to be all-inclusive and to allow children of all abilities to get involved and get moving. All students who sign up will have the option to choose their own time limit for walking if they want to get in a few extra steps before and after school. 

We advise that you inform parents or guardians if students want to participate in the World Female Ranger Day challenge to ensure they are safe at all times.

Our School can't participate during the official World Female Ranger Day timeframe (23 - 30th June 2021). Can we join the challenge any other time?

Yes, absolutely! We understand that schools have busy timetables, and so you can participate whenever it suits you, your fellow teachers and your students.

Most people will be walking on ‘patrol’ from the 23rd - 30th June 2021 but even after that, you'll have access to our resources. We’re here to support you in your mission to support female rangers and, therefore, we have made the timings of the challenge flexible.

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-gender ranger team?

Please email us first 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?

Click here for our nomination form.

When do entries close?

Entries close on 23 June 2021, whereafter judging will commence. The winner will be announced on World Ranger Day 31st July 2021

Who can nominate a female ranger for an Award?

Anyone can nominate a female ranger for an award.

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