July 31, 2020 2:00:47 PM
Tourism normally underpins conservation. But with safari holidays cancelled by Covid-19 and many camps closed for the rest of the season, rangers and national park staff are struggling to make ends meet.
Rangers have a dangerous job at the best of times, in the face of poaching, climate change and armed conflict. Over the past 10 years, more than 1,000 of them have been killed in action – equivalent to one death every three days.
Now many rangers have lost their pay. And poaching will only increase, campaigners fear, with nature’s protectors furloughed.
Now the UK Africa travel industry – in partnership with conservation charity Tusk – has set up Ride 4 Rangers – a 30,000km virtual bike ride to support wildlife rangers in Africa.
Luckily, everyone’s rides are being added together to make up the total distance, and participants can choose to pedal 5km, 10km or more.
To find out how to get involved, visit the website and watch this thought-provoking video.