Saving threatened habitats worldwide

Keepers of the Wild

Donate to Rangers

World Land Trust (WLT) is raising funds through the Keepers of the Wild appeal to support more rangers, who work hard to protect some of the most threatened habitats and wildlife on Earth.

Donate to Keepers of the Wild »

Donate as a Gift »

Project aim

Since it was founded in 1989, WLT has had tremendous success in raising funds to save habitat. But our overseas project partners, in whom the ownership of the land is vested, have the task of protecting the reserves and the wildlife they contain. Protecting all this land puts a strain on our partner organisations. This project aims to help relieve this strain and help our partners to better protect vulnerable habitats.

Partners:

When the programme was lanuched in 2011, WLT worked with 10 project partners. The number of project partners that have Keepers of the Wild has since increased and as funding continues we hope to support rangers in other partners' reserves.

Other Keepers of the Wild Projects:

BIAZA Keepers of the Wild »

How WLT is helping

To address the on-going need to increase protection for reserves and protected areas, the Trust is raising funds to support more reserve rangers.

Meet the rangers

Rangers are usually members of the local community and some were once hunters. This may seem a strange recruitment policy but, because of their knowledge of the project area, former hunters can make excellent wildlife guides and invariably turn into some of the best ambassadors for conservation within the local community.

The transition is a simple one: by earning a wage they become well-respected in their community and instead of hunting to feed their family, they are able to look after their families in a more sustainable and reliable way.


Ranger Adrián

Ranger Adrián

Country: Argentina | Partner: FPN
Read more about Adrián »


Ranger Gor

Ranger Gor

Country: Armenia | Partner: FPWC
Read more about Gor »


Ranger Manuk

Ranger Manuk

Country: Armenia | Partner: FPWC
Read more about Manuk »


Ranger Antonio

Ranger Antonio

Country: Brazil | Partner: REGUA
Read more about Antonio »


Ranger Messias

Ranger Messias

Country: Brazil | Partner: REGUA
Read more about Messias »


Ranger Venancio

Ranger Venancio

Country: Colombia | Partner: ProAves
Read more about Venancio »


Ranger José

Ranger José

Country: Ecuador | Partner: NCI
Read more about José »


Ranger Luis

Ranger Luis

Country: Ecuador | Partner: EcoMinga
Read more about Luis »


Ranger Perfecto

Ranger Perfecto

Country: Ecuador | Partner: Pro-Bosque
Read more about Perfecto »


Ranger Jesus

Ranger Jesus

Country: Ecuador | Partner: EcoMinga
Read more about Jesus »


Ranger Galo

Ranger Galo

Country: Ecuador | Partner: Jocotoco
Read more about Galo »


Ranger Guilbert

Ranger Guilbert

Country: Ecuador | Partner: NCI
Read more about Guilbert »


Ranger Ricardo

Ranger Ricardo

Country: Guatemala | Partner: FUNDAECO
Read more about Ricardo »


Ranger Carlos

Ranger Carlos

Country: Honduras | Partner: AESMO
Read more about Carlos »


Ranger Berjaya

Ranger Berjaya

Country: Malaysia | Partner: HUTAN
Read more about Berjaya »


Ranger Abel

Ranger Abel

Country: Mexico | Partner: GESG
Read more about Abel »


Ranger Edenilson

Ranger Edenilson

Country: Paraguay | Partner: Guyra Paraguay
Read more about Edenilson »


Ranger Ines

Ranger Inés

Country: Paraguay | Partner: Guyra Paraguay
Read more about Inés »


Ranger Saul

Ranger Saúl

Country: Paraguay | Partner: Guyra Paraguay
Read more about Saúl »


Ranger Chai

Ranger Chai

Country: Philippines | Partner: PRRFCI
Read more about Chai »


Ranger Pablo

Ranger Pablo

Country: Venezuela | Partner: Provita
Read more about Pablo »

Urgent funding needed

On average, £5,000 can support a ranger in the field for one whole year. This includes their salary, uniform and vital equipment such as binoculars and tools. From time to time WLT is able to get additional items sponsored, such as cameras and clothing for extremes in weather and inhospitable conditions. Donate to this Appeal »

For any individual or business who wishes to donate the full £5,000 we will identify a particular ranger for you to support. Donors will receive regular field reports from the sponsored ranger. Contact us directly to find out how you can help.

Adelei releasing a Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
REGUA ranger Adelei releases a Sloth back to the forest.

Protecting biodiversity

Rangers in the field provide the most obvious form of protection for habitat and biodiversity.

Their daily activities are likely to include:

  • showing a presence on the reserve to deter would-be poachers of wildlife and plants
  • checking reserves for signs of illegal activity
  • liaising with other agencies-police and local government, for example - in concerted protection measures
  • monitoring wildlife; setting camera-traps; recording tracks and signs
  • assisting researchers with field surveys and data collection
  • rescuing wildlife in difficulty
  • ensuring boundaries are clearly marked to make others aware of protected areas
  • putting up and repairing signs and fences, particularly stock fences
  • making regular site visits and patrols (both night and day)
  • keeping forest trails clear
  • dealing with forest fires and storm damage
  • taking tourists on guided walks through the reserves
  • providing education for visitors and local communities, both formal and informal
  • looking after tree nurseries and planting trees

Threats to protected reserves

Protected areas need on-going management and although owned by our partners, they are often still threatened by:

  • Poaching and hunting
  • Theft of rare plants
  • Encroachment from neighbouring farms and developments
  • Incursion from cattle and other farmed livestock
  • (Occasionally) arson attacks and other forms of vandalism

Read about us

  • News Online
  • RSS
  • eBulletin
  • Green Diary
  • Printed Newsletter

Contact us

Email: info@worldlandtrust.org
Tel: +44 (0)1986 874422
More details »

Follow us

  • Follow on Facebook
  • Follow on Twitter
  • Follow on Linkedin
  • Follow on GooglePlus
  • Follow on YouTube