These South African rangers are real life conservation superheroes

Rangers in South Africa’s parks are the backbone of nature conservation. These environmental heroes protect the biodiversity, ensuring the integrity of the section which she or he is responsible for.

The Rangers in South African National Parks (SANParks) duty is to ensure that their section is patrolled on a regular basis and that all irregularities are detected in time, if possible. The sections are patrolled on foot, by bicycle or vehicle on a daily basis by well-trained Field Rangers.

Rangers often risk their lives protecting animals and plants in South Africa’s wildlife parks against poachers and other illegal activity. Anti-poaching efforts are a key responsibility for Rangers who need to follow up on incidents and even apprehend suspected poachers.

These eco warriors also take charge in eradicating alien vegetation and utilising sustainable natural resources, while making sure rivers are managed properly by reporting on pollution and water levels.

Making sure that tourists follow park rules, engaging and building constituency with local communities, inspection and repairing of fences and other maintenance also form part of the daily important duties of Rangers in South Africa’s national parks.

South African National Parks shared these incredible rangers on social media and we’d like you to meet them:

Sipho Thambho, Field Ranger at Addo Elephant National Park.

“I am a soccer coach for a local team at Paterson. I am passionate about football.”

Sipho Thambho, Photo: South African National Parks (SANParks)

Michael Paxton, Section Ranger for Colchester in Addo Elephant National Park.

“I’m a hard working family man, passionate about SANParks and doing things that people get to only dream of in wildlife conservation.”

Michael Paxton, Photo: South African National Parks

Amukelani Mashele, a field ranger from Addo Elephant National Park.

“I can’t wait to spend time with my family.” – Upon his return from 14 days away in the bush.

Amukelani Mashele, Photo: South African National Parks

Next time you see one of these conservation superheroes in one of South Africa’s national parks, please thank them for their dedicated work protecting South Africa’s wildlife. 🌞

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