Kruger Ranger Monument
The work of a Ranger in SANParks is to ensure Area Integrity i.e. the desired ecological and security status of a Protected Area. The Ranger Monument pays homage to and commemorates the valued contribution of Kruger National Park Rangers.
The two “life lines” of the hands of the Rangers are the concept form of this Monument.
- The dominant wall represents the life line, representing the Ranger’s lives dedicated to serve the broad ideals of conservation.
- The complementary wall illustrates the “Stewardship” responsibility of all people – and therefore the Ranger’s life as defending and conserving all creatures and natural places.
- The two walls together form the place; this is for “reflection” and “contemplation” of lives dedicated to serve the responsibility of all mankind.
- The Leadwood Tree with its resilience and survival stands tall and firm and in its life embraces the attitude of the Rangers.
- The “Cairn” provides for the traditional tribute to the memory of lives well lived, here of the Rangers, making a difference and adding value.
World Ranger Day
International Rangers Federation (IRF) World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.
World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July, and is promoted by the 54 member associations of the International Ranger Federation, by our partner the Thin Green Line Foundation, and by individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF. The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF.
Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA) The GRAA (member association of the IRF) is a longstanding and well established defined community of practice. The GRAA provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa.
The GRAA believes that game rangers should operate with pride, and with passion for their profession whilst promoting best management practices in ensuring the conservation of our natural heritage.
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Did You Know?
- The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger. He first proposed the need to protect the animals of the Lowveld in 1884, but his revolutionary vision took another 12 years to be realised when the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting.