Ex­perts cel­e­brate World Rangers Day

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Chidimma C. Okeke

In or­der to cel­e­brate World Rangers Day, ex­perts and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists across the world have taken time to salute the men and women who risk their lives to pro­tect the wildlife.

World Rangers Day is cel­e­brated ev­ery July 31 to com­mem­o­rate rangers killed/in­jured in the line of duty and to cel­e­brate their work in pro­tect­ing the world’s nat­u­ral and cul­tural trea­sures.

An am­bas­sador to ‘The Thin Green Line Foun­da­tion,’ a non-profit body ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing the brave Park Rangers, Dr Jane Goodall, in her mes­sage saluted all the brave rangers, say­ing, many risked their lives be­cause of the fight against poach­ers while oth­ers be­came dis­abled.

“I hope thou­sands of peo­ple around the world will give cause to hon­our you and the work you do and try to find a way to help you,” she said.

She com­mended some or­gan­i­sa­tions that are rais­ing funds for train­ing of rangers and to sup­port the fam­ily of fallen rangers, say­ing, she will con­tinue to raise aware­ness and hope­fully funds too.

The United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme (UNEP) in a mes­sage high­lighted fight­ing crime, ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic, and pro­tect­ing the heritage, all in a day’s work for the rangers that safe­guard earth’s most trea­sured lo­ca­tions.

“Ev­ery day, across the globe, men and women ded­i­cate their lives to pre­serv­ing some of our most beloved nat­u­ral and cul­tural heritage sites. On this World Rangers Day, we hon­our those who have fallen and cel­e­brate those who coura­geously con­tinue their du­ties, re­flect­ing on the vi­tal role they play in pre­serv­ing the won­ders of our planet.

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