Wildlife Ranger Challenge

Wildlife Rangers across Africa are facing drastic cuts in salaries and resources, leaving their families destitute and wildlife helpless against poachers.

Rangers across Africa are enduring drastic cuts in salaries and resources due to the devastating economic impact of Covid-19, leaving their families destitute and wildlife unprotected. Ranger teams are uniting around the Wildlife Ranger Challenge to raise money to help thousands of their colleagues, enabling them to support themselves and their communities and to protect iconic African wildlife such as elephants, pangolins, rhinos, and lions.

The Wildlife Ranger Challenge is  overseen by an independent steering committee made up of conservation leaders and is being coordinated by Tusk and Natural State in collaboration with leading ranger associations.

Members of the Steering Committee are: H.E Professor Judi Wakhungu, Kenya’s Ambassador to France; Chris Galliers, President, International Ranger Federation; Koutoua Benoît Amon, Chargé d’études et Coordonnateur Brigade Mobile, Office Ivoirien des Parcs et Réserves; Dr. Jonathan Baillie, President, NATURAL STATE; Daniel Ole Sambu, Maasai Tribal Leader and Coordinator, Predator Compensation Fund at Big Life Foundation; Charles Mayhew MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Tusk Trust; Dr Ali Kaka, Vice President, IUCN, Member of Kenya Ministerial Advisory Committee; Brighton Kumchedwa, Director of Parks and Wildlife, Malawi; Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Game Rangers’ Association of Africa.

The Scheinberg Relief Fund, a philanthropic fund established by businessman and philanthropist Mark Scheinberg, and his family, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, is the founding donor of the Wildlife Ranger Challenge.

The Three Main Components of the Wildlife Ranger Challenge:

  • Challenge: A competition with teams of rangers from across Africa running in a 21 km half-marathon and testing their tracking ability, identification skills, and wildlife knowledge with a ranger quiz. The public can also donate and join the race by choosing a 5, 10, or 21 km run, or walk. The public can take the ranger quiz and a series of exercise based challenges.
  • Ranger Fund: The Scheinberg Relief Fund has generously committed a $5 million matching fund in support of rangers in most need. A global public fundraising and awareness campaign for the Wildlife Ranger Challenge seeks to raise $10 million for the Ranger Fund and put thousands of rangers back in the field.
  • Online Photography Auction: Proceeds from the sale of limited edition wildlife photographs by world-renowned photographers will go toward the Ranger Fund.

Organizing Partners

Organizations Supported

Protected area management organizations have received early emergency funding from the Ranger Fund.

View full list of organizations supported.

The initial grants awarded to the organizations listed here will benefit more than 8000 protecting 2 million sq km of vital wildlife habitat across 17 countries.

Founding Donor

The Scheinberg Relief Fund, a philanthropic fund established by businessman and philanthropist Mark Scheinberg, and his family, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic is the founding donor of the Wildlife Ranger Challenge.

Match Funding Partner

Thank you to the following organizations that are working with the Wildlife Ranger Challenge to provide Covid-19 relief funding to Rangers across Africa.

Sponsors

Lion Gold

$50,000 USD and Above (£50,000 and above) and Bring 100 or More Rangers Back to Work


Elephant Platinum

$100,000 USD and Above (£100,000 and Above) and Bring 200 Rangers or More Back to Work


Collaborating Partners

Press Information

For Press Inquiries Email: press@wildliferangerchallenge.org

  • Campaign Announcement Press Release [PDF]