Photo: Adrian Steirn / International Anti-Poaching Foundation
The flow-on effects of having unsupported and at-risk Rangers are considerable and often dire for wildlife, for fragile ecosystems, for the families of fallen rangers and for the communities in which they live.
The Thin Green Line Foundation’s projects are firmly focused on supporting Rangers’ needs, with emphasis on those in low-income countries and conflict zones. All projects fit within The Thin Green Line Foundation’s 4 Pillars, which you can learn more about below.
Innovative Ranger train-the-trainer program
Equipping anti-poaching Ranger patrol teams
Financial lifelines to families of Rangers who died
Critical funding to a variety of frontline projects
LEAD Ranger Program
Simple skills training for Rangers saves lives, saves wildlife and saves money. A single Ranger trained in anti-poaching, intelligence gathering, tracking, first aid and community engagement techniques is more likely to safely apprehend poachers, survive wild animal encounters, prevent the killing of target species and return home to their families. If this is what one Ranger can achieve then imagine what 1000 Rangers trained in the very latest techniques could achieve.
The LEAD Ranger program takes the training of a trainer idea to the next level. Together with our conservation partners in the field, we’ve invested in an innovative training curriculum that fosters leadership and coaching to enable highly skilled Rangers to pass on this knowledge to new generations of Rangers. We’ve also invested in a simple low cost app that keeps Rangers up-to-date with the latest techniques. We’ve done this knowing that creating a legacy of highly skilled Ranger trainers builds a network of conservation support around some of our most threatened eco-systems, and promises a brighter future for the wildlife that calls these places home.
LEAD Rangers are the difference.
Ranger Care Boxes
Essential gear to equip Rangers to protect wildlife
Having the tools required to do their jobs safely and effectively boosts Rangers’ morale and means that they can focus on conserving habitats and preventing poaching instead of repairing old boots or recovering from malaria.
Under our new Ranger Care Box initaitive, for just $1000 AUD we can equip a 10-person anti-poaching Ranger patrol team in Africa or Asia with the critical gear they need.
Make it happen with a donation today!
Fallen Ranger Fund
The Thin Green Line Foundation supports the families of Rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Rangers’ lives are continually at risk from poachers, militia, as well as many other dangers connected with working in remote areas and very difficult conditions.
The Fallen Ranger Fund is a financial lifeline supporting families through shocking circumstances.
Financial assistance can cover children’s schooling or help a family start a local business. The Thin Green Line Foundation relies on its global network to coordinate requests for support.
We also consider support for Rangers who have been permanently injured in the line of duty.
To report a Fallen Ranger casualty, including those from COVID-19, please email [email protected]. Information is shared with the International Ranger Federation and relevant details are recorded for the Roll of Honour of Fallen Rangers.
Front Line Projects
The Thin Green Line Foundation provides critical funding to a wide range of frontline projects and programs worldwide. When Rangers are adequately trained, equipped and supported, positive conservation outcomes will follow and less deaths will occur (for both Rangers and Poachers).
The program/project areas of focus include:
- Anti-poaching training programs to protect endangered species
- Patrol technique training, focusing on safety patrols, violence avoidance, and community engagement
- Providing security camps and medical assistance for Rangers in conflict zones
- Paying salary supplements
- Supplying mosquito nets for patrols and families
- Distribution of water filtration kits and patrol ration packs
- Supplying uniforms and patrol equipment
Due to a number of operational changes at The Thin Green Line Foundation this year, we are reviewing our application process and timeframes to ensure that we are in the best possible financial position to support projects on the ground. The next call for major project proposals is likely to be in mid-2019. The exact timeframe will be confirmed as soon as possible. Please watch for announcements on our website and social media platforms. Should you have any questions email to [email protected]