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Embracing Rangers                 on World Ranger Day

Today we celebrate the brave, front line heroes protecting our natural heritage for future generations. Particularly in Africa, the current poaching epidemic targeting rhinos, elephants and other iconic species has led to rangers increasingly finding themselves in combat situations – and paying a significant price for it.

In addition to providing ongoing field support for rhino rangers in Zimbabwe and South Africa, for the past year, through our partner, StopRhinoPoaching.com, the IRF has funded Operation: Embrace, a ranger well-being program in a critical protected area in South Africa. We have just awarded a second year of support from Operation: STOP POACHING NOW funding. We were inspired to become involved after hearing Major General Johan Jooste (Retired), now SANParks Head of Special Projects, speak about the need to take care of rangers at every level, but as people, first and foremost

A ranger’s work is dangerous, difficult, unappreciated, and often unrecognized. The stress from performing such work can be cumulative and manifests itself in many different ways. Operation: Embrace provides counseling for rangers who have been engaged in front-line encounters. A counselor visits the protected area weekly to meet with rangers, usually on a voluntary basis, although supervisors can request sessions for a ranger under their command if they feel it is warranted.

The program also provides counseling for the families of rangers, who in addition to seeing husbands, wives, fathers, or mothers off to a dangerous job each and every day, are themselves often intimidated and physically threatened by poachers who sometimes live in the same communities.  A second counselor visits staff housing complexes once a week to provide services to families.

We are proud of our engagement with Operation: Embrace and hope to expand it to other protected areas. We need your help to do so. Please consider giving generously to Operation: STOP POACHING NOW to help continue this work. These brave rangers deserve and need our support. 
 
Every gift, large or small, helps. Every gift allows us to do more.
 
DONATE TO OPERATION: STOP POACHING NOW
Thank you!
 
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