World Ranger Day
World Ranger Day is celebrated on July 31 of every year. World Ranger Day pays tribute to the Rangers who are injured and killed in the line of duty and celebrates their colleagues who still boldly undertake their role in the field to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures. On this day, many events are being organised all over the world like guided walks and filming of the documentary The Thin Green Line to raise awareness of the vital work performed by Rangers of the world’s parks which range from environmental campaigning to education.
“In the past 10 years alone it’s estimated that over 1000 park rangers have been killed, 80% of them by commercial poachers and armed militia groups.”
History of World Ranger Day
The first World Ranger Day was celebrated on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF in 2007. This day is organised by the 63 members union of the International Ranger Federation and by the IRF associate the Thin Green Line Foundation, and this day is also promoted by individuals who encourage the work of rangers and the IRF. Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) who is the member association of the IRF is a long established defined community of practice, it provides support, and representation for game rangers around Africa. It is found that there are about 100,000 reserves, parks and preserved areas around the globe, the oldest national park is Yellowstone in the US. Around the world, Rangers are the first to indulge in a fight to protect our natural heritage, so this day is celebrated to honour them and to pay tribute to Rangers who have lost their lives during their duty.
Other Celebrations on July 31
July 31 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate World Ranger Day
Celebrate World Ranger Day by Lighting a candle and praying for Rangers who have died in the line of duty and by Planting a tree as a sign of living tribute to Rangers around the world. Post pictures and share your thoughts about the day on social media with the hashtag #WorldRangerDay.