Conservation Through Public Health - Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2023
Conservation Through Public Health is taking on the Wildlife Ranger Challenge to raise awareness of the vital role our 434 rangers play in protecting Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and supporting an estimated 5460 livelihoods.
Rangers are Africa’s unsung heroes. They hold diverse roles as conservationists, teachers, community support workers, leaders and much more.
The Wildlife Ranger Challenge, organised by Tusk, is a celebration of solidarity, connection and camaraderie for the ranger profession. culminating on 16th September 2023, the campaign raises vital funds for Africa's biodiversity guardians.
Conservation Through Public Health covers Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which spans 32,092 hectares and is known for its exceptional biodiversity, containing more than 400 species of plants, 120 mammal species including elephants, antelopes and several primate species such as baboons, chimpanzees and 459 mountain gorillas. It is one of 10 National Parks managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
Park rangers patrol the park to monitor and safeguard wildlife, collect gorilla faecal samples for health monitoring and enforce great ape viewing guidelines for visitors.
WRC 2022 continued to enable the rangers’ ability to sustain protection of gorillas through the provision of food rations to rangers. The following food rations were supplied to BINP rangers; 1,600kgs of Maize Flour (Grade 1), 920 kgs of Assorted Dry Beans, 750 kgs of Rice (Grade 1), 750 kgs of Assorted Ground Nuts, 120 ltrs of Cooking Oil, 120 kgs of Wheat Flour, 80 packets of Baking Powder and 100 packets of Salt. WRC also helped in mobilising donations of 10 GPSs devices, and 4 mobile toilets.
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The park rangers are essential to protecting BINP’s 32,092 hectares and 459 mountain gorillas from harmful human activities including encroachment, poaching and illegal firewood collection and in preserving this critical mountain gorilla habitat. The rangers also collect gorilla faecal samples which enables daily gorilla health monitoring at the field laboratory at CTPH’s Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre Also, the mobile toilets provided to rangers by WRC have greatly supported our efforts to improve hygiene and prevent zoonotic disease transmission from humans to the gorillas.