Keepers of the Wild
Over the past 21 years the 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.
The trust is initially working with 10 of our project partners, but as funding continues rangers may be supported on additional partners' reserves
To address the urgent need to increase protection on our project partners' reserves, the Trust is raising funds to support more reserve rangers.
Rangers are usually members of the local community and some were once hunters. This may seem a strange decision but because of their knowledge of the rainforest they can make excellent bird 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 the village and instead of spending many hours in the forest in search of something to kill for their family to eat, they are able to look after their families in a sustainable way.
£5,000 can support a ranger in the field for one whole year and this includes clothing and other necessary associated costs. WLT is also hoping to get additional items sponsored, such as cameras and further clothing. 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. This is not an adoption scheme as you will be the only supporter of "your" ranger, who will send regular updates and photos from the field.
Contact us directly to find out how you can help.
Rangers in the field are the most obvious form of habitat and biodiversity protection:
- They show a presence on the reserve which deters would-be poachers of wildlife and trees
- They ensure that boundaries are clearly marked to ensure that others know too
- They make regular site visits and often need to clear forest trails to keep them open as they go
- They may have to deal with forest fires and carry out maintenance after storm damage