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SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:09 pm

Do you want to know more about the SANParks Honorary Rangers, or have a question?

Please post here!

We will try and answer your questions here.
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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby Stark » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:23 pm

I've always wondered, how did the HR's get their start? And when? And who were in the Inaugural Class?
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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:58 pm

That is an easy one to answer. Thanks! :lol:

I took this from the HR website.

Background and Brief History

Volunteers were active in the Kruger National Park as early as 1902 to help alleviate the workload of full-time rangers.

The Corps was formally constituted in May 1964, but functioned fairly loosely until 1987, when the Association of Honorary Rangers was formed with 301 members. Initially the number of members was limited to 500. The Rules of Association, uniform, insignia and financial structure were adopted and in 1988 all existing Honorary Rangers were required to attend orientation courses in order to be accorded official appointments.

Currently there are more than a thousand one hundred SANParks Honorary Rangers who operate nationwide in 31 regions, some of which are active in their nearest park, while others engage in specific projects and initiatives.



There are currently still 4 members active from the original 1964 group. Two of their photo's are available on the HR Website.
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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby busybee » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:00 pm

Is there any way KNP lovers who live overseas can get involved in the HR? My family and I would love to be able to contribute to protecting the Park that we are passionate about.

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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:36 am

Hi Busybee

Yes, we have a region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers called the "Virtual Region." The Virtual Region is active on these Forums and offers people from overseas the opportunity to participate in support of SANParks. The Virtual Region also launches projects, which is mostly internet based, in support of SANParks.

To join the Virtual Region you will have to show yourself to be active on the Forums, as this is our base of activity. You can then apply to become a member.

So ... are you up for it?
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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby busybee » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:19 pm

:thumbs_up: Thanks!! Woo Hoo!!!!

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Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:05 pm

:D :thumbs_up:
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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby gjorgi » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:21 pm

Hi Imberbe, what is the criteria that must be adhered to to become an HR? I assume you cannot just apply and hope for the best as such? I could probably have found this out myself but since you so selflessly asked for questions I decided to bother you with it :-)

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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:13 pm

:lol:

Most important: A love for nature and our national parks and a willingness to serve this cause in a selfless way.

You don't need any official conservation training. The HR's serve in many different ways.

If you are interested, there is a region in Pretoria.

You apply to the region. They will have a meeting with you. If you are admitted as applicant you need to do the Honorary Rangers membership course, which is a one day course and also become involved in activities.

You may then be admitted as an HR and then you will need to do the necessary course for the park you want to become involved in.

More info here: Joining

Many of our activities are outside of parks, and often our members can use their personal abilities / work contacts or knowledge / hobbies to promote the SANParks cause.

So yes, you can simply apply! :thumbs_up:
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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby Dsmilner » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:01 am

I would like to apply to become a Honorary Ranger.

i have filled in the forms and it says i need to get it signed by a chairperson before i submit the forms.

How do I go about getting them signed?

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Unread postby Rooies » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:46 pm

There is something bothering me and I want to get it off my chest. Allow me to start by saying that I appreciate the wonderful work done by the HRs, but are they not a group of elitists who consider themselves a bit better than we commoners? Why I say so is that a while ago, someone complained about something. (his first and last post) For the sake of peace I will change the details. Now, his forum name was 'Beechcraft Baron' which is an expensive light aircraft. He then started by saying the following "Whilst I was visiting 'Sand Lodge' where I own a place, I went to Kruger and.... He continued by stating that he has been an HR since 1970 and found the toilets at afsaal to be dirty. The idea I got was that this individual was telling us what plane he owns, how affluent he is by owning a place at an exclusive lodge, and that he should be respected because he is a longstanding member of the HRs.

Then there was this incident (reported here) where little children got out of the car at a rhino capturing exercise. When admonished by other people, they were told that they are HRs and allowed to get out of the car.

If one looks at the functions of HRs i.e. doing work at a SANPark then a lot of people who simply haven't got the money, but who are serious nature lovers, will be barred from becoming an HR.

Please tell me I am wrong.
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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:58 pm

Rooies, I know that when you become an HR you sign documents telling you that exactly the same rules apply to you. So those people surely are in the wrong. You don't get any special privileges simply because you are an HR.

If one looks at the functions of HRs i.e. doing work at a SANPark then a lot of people who simply haven't got the money, but who are serious nature lovers, will be barred from becoming an HR.


I'm not sure what you mean with this???
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Unread postby Rooies » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:02 pm

@LQ What I mean is that the proverbial Post Office worker who simply do not earn enough to make regular trips to a reserve to do duty will not be able to join.
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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby JenB » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:33 pm

Rooies wrote:Please tell me I am wrong.

'K, you are wrong. :twisted:

Rooies, unfortunately I cannot comment on the two examples you quoted but I can assure you that the H.R.'s are no elitist group. Anyone wanting to become an H.R. can do so and H.R.'s are expected to adhere to the parks rules the same way visitors do. In the line of duty it may be required for an H.R. to leave his vehicle or drive after dark but if it's not in the line of duty, they have to stick to the rules.

A person's financial standing does not play a role, only ones passion for our National Parks do. More affluent regions often help poorer regions to enable them to do duty in parks. Anyway, one can also do many other sorts of duty which does not include traveling to a park.

I can assure you that most H.R.'s are down to Earth passionate people who do what they do for the love of the cause and not for any personal shoe shining. You will always get the exception to the rule but that is definitely not the norm.
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Re: SANParks Honorary Rangers Q&A

Unread postby JenB » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:37 pm

Dsmilner wrote:I would like to apply to become a Honorary Ranger.

i have filled in the forms and it says i need to get it signed by a chairperson before i submit the forms.

How do I go about getting them signed?

Hi Dsmilner,

Have you decided which region you want to join? I suggest you getting in touch with the chairperson of that region and discuss it with him/her.

Should you need help or contact details, please PM me? :)
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