Keepers of the Wild are rangers working on the front line of conservation. They safeguard some of the world’s most threatened species and the incredible habitats in which they are found.

Rangers protect reserves from illegal activity such as poaching and logging. They act as direct links to local communities; building trust, changing attitudes and finding practical solutions.

 

Help the Keepers of the Wild in their vital work

 

“The Keepers of the Wild are our eyes and hands in the field, they maintain contact with the surrounding community, and their involvement and solidarity with biodiversity is ever growing.”

(Roberto Pedraza Ruiz, Technical Officer of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda. Mexico)

 
 
Threats to protected reserves

Protected forests and wilderness need on-going management. Although our partners own them, there are still threats like

  • Poaching and hunting
  • Theft of rare plants
  • Farming activities and livestock spreading onto the reserve
  • Fire, usually natural but sometimes deliberately started
Forest fire in the Colopeca hill. (C) Lurvin Mejia
Keeper of the Wild Berjaya Elahan delivering Ranger training, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Credit HUTAN
 
How Keepers of the Wild Help

Reserve rangers protect habitats and biodiversity in many different ways.

Their everyday work can include

  • patrolling on the reserve to deter poachers, and checking for signs of illegal activity
  • monitoring wildlife using camera-traps
  • helping researchers studying the reserve’s wildlife
  • rescuing wildlife in difficulty
  • maintaining boundaries and trails and repairing signs and fences
  • supporting tourism in the reserve with guided walks and tours
  • informing and involving local communities
  • looking after tree nurseries and planting trees
 
Keeper of the Wild Berjaya Elahan delivering Ranger training, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Credit HUTAN