In conjunction with Space for Giants, Tusk and Save the Rhino, ‘Running for Rangers’ are a dedicated group of individuals who run marathons and ultra marathons worldwide to raise money for the welfare of the rangers who risk their lives daily to protect elephants and rhino in Africa.
Both of these iconic species are under threat of extinction because of illegal poaching – the demand for rhino horn and elephant ivory is rising, and both command high prices in South East Asia. Hundreds of African elephants are slaughtered each day by poachers; and in South Africa, which has by far the largest population of rhino in the world, an estimated 1,215 were killed in 2014 alone.
In April 2015, I was part of a five-person Running for Rangers team who ran the infamous ‘Marathon des Sables’; a gruelling six-day, 250km multi-stage adventure race through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates, the Sahara desert.
In my toughest challenge yet, along with 14 other men and women, we are running the fearsome ‘Beyond the Ultimate’ Jungle Ultra in Peru. This will be a real test of endurance as we run 230km over five days through the jungle trails, mountain roads and village tracks, making our way from Cloud Forest down 10,500 feet to the Amazon Jungle below. Humidity levels will approach 100 percent; we will have to be self-sufficient, carrying our hammock, sleeping bag, food and supplies for the entire race.
Together we have raised over $120,000 for vital equipment for Rangers to date. We now have an opportunity to make a step change in the amount we can raise for Rangers, and in turn, protect the future of rhino and elephant in Africa.
Everything helps. We are actively seeking sponsorship so if you would like to donate in any way, please get in touch via my contact page or you can visit our website, http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Runningforrangers to donate.
Where the funds go:
Space for Giants – Space for Giants is an international conservation charity, registered in the UK and Kenya, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
Borana – Borana is one of East Africa’s original fully hosted, family-owned eco-lodges. It is located within the vast area of the Ewaso ecosystem on the Laikipia Plateau.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Lewa is home to some of Africa’s critically endangered species, notably the black rhino and Grevy’s zebra.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Ol Pejeta is East Africa’s Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees and holds some of the highest predator densities in Kenya.
Ol Jogi Ranch – Ol Jogi Ranch was established over 60 years ago and is a safe haven for the preservation and future development of Wildlife Conservation.
Northern Rangelands Trust – The Northern Rangelands Trust was established in 2004. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources.
The Mara Elephant Project – Funded in part by ESCAPE Foundation, the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) tracks the movements of the elephants while employing a Rapid Response Unit to quickly respond to conflict situations and poaching alerts.