Malawi commemorates World Ranger Day

Malawi will on Saturday commemorate its inaugural World Ranger Day at an event organized by Lilongwe Wild Life Trust and Department of Parks and Wildlife at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.

Victoria Mopiwa, Marketing and Events Manager at Lilongwe Wild Life Trust told Malawi News Agency (Mana) Thursday the event will showcase the work of wildlife rangers and fundraise for their plight.

“Rangers do a lot of work that go unnoticed and they face challenges that a lot of people do not know. They are never celebrated. They are our major front against poachers and require motivation and the celebration will raise awareness,” said Mopiwa.

She said the funds from the event would contribute towards buying of uniforms, first aid kits and field equipment as well as fund wildlife field activities.

Wildlife rangers are often shot at, injured or killed by poachers in their line of duty and in Malawi several rangers have been killed or maimed by poachers while at work.

According to National Geographic, in Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, alone 150 rangers have been killed since 2004.

World Ranger Day is observed on the 31st of July each year. It was established to commemorate the rangers killed or injured at their work.

The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 and is promoted by 54 member associations under International Ranger Federation (IRF).

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA