World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is celebrated on 31st July 2020

Across the globe, park rangers serve at the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day renders a chance to support, acknowledge and appreciate their vital work. This day also serves as an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have been martyred in the line of duty.

Who is a Ranger?

  • A Ranger refers to a forest or a park ranger. 
  • A person who protects and preserve parklands and natural protected areas is called a Ranger.
  • A ranger also works to maintain bridges, sideways, gates and footpaths at natural heritage sites. 
  • They act as the eyes and ears of the national park authority, spending most of their time out and about amongst the wildlife undefeated, irrespective of harsh weather conditions. 
  • Also, they act as a link between the national park authority and the local people and visitors. 
  • Rangers ought to have complete knowledge regarding wildlife and their field of charge. 
  • They also have to look out for any potential complications, and because they deal with raw wildlife, it can be very risky for them at times.

What is the day about?

World Ranger Day is celebrated on 31st July of every year to commemorate Rangers that have been injured or killed while in the line of duty. It also celebrates all of the work that Rangers do around the world to protect the cultural and natural heritage of the planet.

Why is it necessary to raise awareness about the vital role played by Rangers?

You may think that the real danger of being a park ranger comes from the animals and the natural landscape. But you would be wrong! Statistics show that park rangers are facing more dangers than ever before. The reason being that the assaults on park rangers are at an all-time high. Park rangers are more likely to be assaulted than any police personnel and border patrol officers! Rangers risk their lives in so many ways to protect nature.

How did this day come to existence?

In 2007, on the 15th anniversary of the International Ranger Federation (IRF), the first World Ranger Day was organised and celebrated. International Ranger Federation is a non-profit organisation founded in 1992 to raise support and awareness of the critical work that rangers do around the globe.

On this day,

 Many events take place in and around the world, which include campaigns, marathons, rallies etc. They are aimed at raising awareness about the indispensable role that’s played by rangers.

This blog comes as a tribute from New Delhi Nature Society (NDNS) to the commendable work that the rangers do to protect our Natural treasures and we are ever thankful.

About the Author

Meenal is a 2nd-year college student pursuing Psychology Honours.
She is an ardent admirer of nature and loves to help the ones in need.
She believes that nature instils selflessness, peace, and positive energy.
We just need to be receptive to collect the unconditional offerings by nature.
She holds the faith that spirituality lends a wonderful perspective and purpose to life.

About the Editor

Joanne da Cunha is a french language tutor and singer / songwriter.
She is an ardent admirer of all things nature, music and food-related.

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