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World Ranger Day is an annual celebration in the honour of brave forest officials who dedicated their lives for the protection of our natural resources. It is a day to understand the role of Rangers in safeguarding biodiversity. They play a crucial role in preserving our nature. They are highly enthusiastic and energetic officials as there is always risk involved in protecting wildlife. Little awareness is there that Rangers confront life-threatening situations as a result of work. World Ranger Day is celebrated in appreciation of their hard work by raising awareness for the challenges faced by Rangers and supporting safe tourism under surveillance. This day is also dedicated to honour officers who are harmed or killed in the obligation of duty.
Rangers possess extensive knowledge about the local environment and wildlife. They can detect potential issues due to the right knowledge, experience, and practical skills. Roles and responsibilities of Rangers include preserving wildlife, conserving eco-systems, protecting national parks and reserved areas, ensuring the safety of visitors, maintaining the legal system associated with and abiding by the law, ensuring the safety of the general public and surrounding residential areas, understanding animals and manage them without harm, protecting wildlife and ensuring their natural rights, protecting nature and wildlife from exploitation, safeguarding social legacy and assisting public enquiries.
The International Rangers Foundation was established in Peak National Park, United Kingdom by the association of “The Countryside Management Association”, “The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association” and “The United States Association of National Park Rangers” on 31st July 1992. “The International Rangers Foundation” and “The Thin Green Line Foundation” celebrated the first World Ranger Day on the 15th anniversary of “The International Ranger Federation” in 2007. Former Australian Park Ranger Sean William made a documentary “The Thin Green Line” highlighting the challenges faced by Forest Rangers. His documentary premiered in 2007 and after its success, he established “The Thin Green Line Foundation” for helping the Forest Rangers. There are more than 100,000 reserve parks and protected areas all over the world hence they celebrate this day to raise awareness about the crucial role played by the officials. -Dr Monika Raghuvanshi and Dr Sonika Kushwaha, IBCS