Cape Nature, the leading conservation authority in the Western Cape, has shed light on the vital role of rangers as it marks World Ranger Day.
World Ranger Day is celebrated worldwide on July 31st.
It commemorates those rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the work they do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.
The CEO of Cape Nature, Dr Razeena Omar, says that the rangers are the backbone of the organisation.
Omar says that there are only 85 rangers who are responsible for managing all the ecological areas under Cape Nature's care.
She explains that education and the relationships with local communities are two crucial aspects of the group's work.
Cape Nature is the entity mandated to take care of biodiversity in the Western Cape.— Dr Razeena Omar, CEO of Cape Nature
The rangers are the backbone of Cape Nature.— Dr Razeena Omar, CEO of Cape Nature
We have the mandate to take care of the biodiversity which spans a protected area network of approximately 900 000 hectares. There are 115 different land parcels.— Dr Razeena Omar, CEO of Cape Nature
It is important for us to boost the number of rangers and look at diversity among them.— Dr Razeena Omar, CEO of Cape Nature
The rangers do everything from research, to education; they interface with tourists and gather data for our annual reviews.— Dr Razeena Omar, CEO of Cape Nature
CapeTalk host Pippa Hudson and her team held an outdoor broadcast at Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay, which has been under Cape Nature's management since 2015.
Take a listen to the role of the ranger explained:
Image: Screenshot from CapeNature video on Twitter.