ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS FOR SANPARKS HONORARY RANGERS
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the partnership between South African National Parks (SANParks) and the SANParks Honorary Rangers. This will be celebrated in the Kruger National Park from 21 to 25 May 2014.
The SANParks Honorary Rangers, the SANParks volunteer organisation functioning according to an official agreement with SANParks, have a long history. Volunteers were active in the Kruger National Park as early as 1902, helping to alleviate the workload of full-time rangers, but were officially established in May 1964.
Today, there are over 1, 300 SANParks Honorary Rangers, all volunteers, based in 31 regions around the country and working in all 21 our national parks, such as Kruger, Addo, Table Mountain and Kgalagadi National Parks.
“The partnership between the SANParks Honorary Rangers and SANParks is a critical example of how the public can make active contributions to important causes. Over 50 years the Honorary Rangers have assisted SANParks in various activities, not the least of which is helping to conserve our precious wildlife,” says Janssen Davies, National Executive Committee Chairperson.
“The SANParks Honorary Rangers will mark 50 years of this united activity and this will further strengthen the partnership between SANParks and the SANParks Honorary Rangers. This ongoing relationship is essential in helping to preserve our natural and cultural heritage,” concludes Davies.
A packed programme of activities, courses, lectures and an exhibition day with a demonstration by the Ranger Corps, have been planned for some 500 Honorary Rangers attending, many of whom are company directors, businessmen and decision makers.
Unlike many fundraising initiatives the SANParks Honorary Rangers utilise 100% of all money raised for the purpose for which they were donated. No public money is used to run activities and every cent donated by the public for counter poaching or other projects identified is used to fund the actual projects or counter poaching needs in our national parks. We are a registered public benefit and non-profit organisation.
For more information: http://www.sanparksvolunteers.org