#Standwithrangers on World Ranger Day

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World Ranger Day celebrates the passion rangers have for their calling and commemorates those tragically killed or injured in the line of duty.

The world’s natural and cultural treasures, and the iconic animals that flourish within them, are so much safer and more accessible from these committed men and women’s work and sacrifice.

The International Ranger Federation (IRF) and its partner the Thin Green Line Foundation, have long supported rangers throughout the world.

This World Ranger Day, the partners report that 107 rangers have been killed in the line of duty the past year. Their Honour Roll (below) lists the names of each of the fallen, highlighting the areas of the world from which they hailed.


  • 42 percent were killed by poachers
  • 41 percent died in work-related accidents, from car accidents to fire fighting
  • 17 percent were killed by the animals they are tasked to protect
  • 58 percent were within the Asia region
  • 31 percent were in the Africa region, and
  • 11 percent were from the Europe and Americas region.

READ: Q&A: Charles Mbao, Commander at Zambia’s Special Anti-Poaching Unit, on World Ranger Day

There is also a chart that shows how many individuals have died from 2009-2016, dates from which data has been collected.

We are honored to work with IRF. We’ve provided grants to  IRF for helping the families of rangers to cope with the grief of losing a loved one on the frontlines. In May 2016, IFAW also supported the attendance and participation of rangers from Bhutan and India at the World Ranger Congress in Fort Collins, Colorado.

So what can you do?

Take a moment to honor them. Take a picture of yourself and friends standing with the “I Stand with Rangers…” sign. Use the hashtags #standwithrangers #naturesprotectors #worldrangerday #thingreenlinefoundation and #internationalrangerfederation. Spread the word far and wide that you support them!

We at the International Fund for Animal Welfare certainly do.


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