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Date: 31st July 2014

As rangers gather around the globe to commemorate International Rangers Day, their counterparts who work in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) want to spend the day rekindling their love for nature. ‘It is nature that underpins tourism in the Park’ says Regional coordinator for the campaign, Owen Govender, who is also the Senior Section Ranger for the Knysna section of the Park.

The campaign day (International Rangers Day) is observed annually to remember rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and also celebrates the work rangers undertake to protect nature. 

Rangers in the GRNP (including those from Knysna, Tsitsikamma and Wilderness) will meet in the Wilderness section of the GRNP on Friday, 1 August 2014. Their day begins with a demonstration thanks to a partnership between the rangers from the Wilderness Section, the Game Rangers Association of Africa and the Survival Training of SA. 

"The day will end with a favourite treat for all a tug-of-war competition among the three sections of the Park" laughs Govender. 

Rangers from Wilderness
Rangers from Wilderness during a career expo. 

Rangers from Knysna
Rangers from Knysna during Mandela Day.

Rangers from Tsitsikamma
Rangers from Tsitsikamma patrolling in the Marine Protected Area.

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