Around the world, critically important natural and cultural resources are under constant threat. Wildlife and rare plants are routinely poached. Illegal mining, development, and illicit drug trade devastates landscapes. Cultural antiquities are stolen or damaged. Often the only thing between the permanent loss of this natural and cultural heritage is a sole park ranger. And all too often that ranger is ill-equipped to protect against those threats. The Rally for Rangers Foundation is changing that.
Threats & Challenges
A World At Risk
What Success Looks Like
To see the rangers faces, the tears, and the joy of the first ride on a new motorcycle is nearly enough to feel a sense of accomplishment. But its the months and thousands of kilometers of patrol later that truly tells the story. The rangers now have tools to rival the poachers. A recent case of arson, where poachers actually got so frustrated they burned down a ranger cabin and two of the donated bikes, is proof positive. We’re winning. An unintended and delightful consequence is the stature of the rangers in their local community. Having their work as rangers validated by these unique philanthropists from around the world has been noticed and enhanced respect for a rangers work. Perhaps most significantly, other environmental protectors have taken notice and been inspired to contribute. In 2017, a KfW German Development Bank funded project donated another 60 motorcycles to the national parks in Mongolia. The success is growing.
An Ongoing Challenge
One need not look far to see the threats facing the environment and to know that our work is just beginning. Rangers in places like Africa, Central America, throughout Asia and beyond are struggling to protect our shared heritage and future. Everyone has role. Some spread the word through social media or word of mouth. Others attend events or donate their time and money to the cause. And a few, a growing number who have the spirit of adventure, the drive to challenge themselves to make a difference, and the will to endure hardship and danger, they get to deliver the goods, make life-long friends, and help protect the worlds special places one motorcycle at a time.
What about you? Are you in?