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World Ranger Day 2016

World Ranger Day is observed annually on 31 July and is aimed at commemorating our brave rangers that have been killed or injured in the line of duty, while also celebrating the work they do to protect wildlife and natural assets.

They’re on the forefront of protecting our natural heritage. They risk their personal safety and health to help make the environment of our province and country better for everyone.

CapeNature celebrates the Western Cape’s marine and field rangers

We have 177 CapeNature rangers in the province and their work goes hand-in-hand with conservation and wildlife management. Their duties include but are not limited to:

  • law enforcement and anti-poaching duties,
  • environmental education and youth development,
  • environmental control officer duties,
  • assist with tourism activities,
  • wildfire management and suppression,
  • ecological monitoring, and
  • conduct field and marine surveys.

Our rangers deserve our admiration and our undivided support as they continue to ensure that our wonderful wildlife and natural resources are protected and preserved for tomorrow’s generations.

World Ranger Day 2016

Salute all our national rangers

SANParks has urged fans of our natural heritage to honour rangers with the #SaluteOurRangers campaign, to "offer a chance to support these heroes” vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education, to armed encounters with hardened rhino poaching criminals". 

You can share your video to any online social media platform. If you want to take part, you must use the #SaluteOurRangers hashtag in your posts, in order for SANParks to collect the tributes and then send to them to the rangers on the day of celebration.

Follow these hashtags to stay up to date about World Ranger Day celebrations:


Watch this tribute video to all the rangers across the world

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The content on this page was last updated on 29 July 2016