Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2023

Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2023

Run with Rangers. Race for Wildlife.

On 16th September the 2023 Wildlife Ranger Challenge brought together more than a thousand rangers from across 20 countries in Africa. They ran in a coordinated 21km virtual race from their respective protected areas. Almost 1,500 public supporters from around the globe joined them in solidarity – running, or walking, wherever they were in the world, to show they are #ForWildlifeRangers.

If you have registered and completed your race day challenge, make sure to log your time , and see how you match up against our global participants.

The Top 3 Teams are:

  1. African People & Wildlife – Tarangire National Park – Tarangire Ecosystem Team (A) – Tanzania – 2:01:25
    Rangers: Ezekiel Loserian, Ramadhani Mustafa, Mwasudi Nasiru, Milya Hodati
  2. African People & Wildlife – Tarangire National Park – Tarangire Ecosystem Team (B) – Tanzania – 2:04:26
    Rangers: Alex Kipii, Saruni Piikini, Jackson Thomas, Tendee Masangusi
  3. Gonarezhou National Park – Gonarezhou Conservation Trust Team – Zimbabwe – 2:20:07
    Rangers: Foster Mahlahla, Taurai Mtombwera, Polite Musoni, Lordwin Hlengani
1. AFRICAN PEOPLE & WILDLIFE - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK - TARANGIRE ECOSYSTEM TEAM (A) - TANZANIA - 2:00:22
2. AFRICAN PEOPLE & WILDLIFE - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK - TARANGIRE ECOSYSTEM TEAM (B) - TANZANIA - 2:03:30
3. GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK - GONAREZHOU CONSERVATION TRUST TEAM - ZIMBABWE - 2:20:07

The Top 3 Female Teams are:

  1. Conservation South Luangwa – South Luangwa National Park – CSL Atsikana – Zambia – 2:45:27
    Rangers: Maureen Mulenga, Beauty Ntala, Loveness Kumwenda, Aliness Chilepa
  2. Frankfurt Zoological Society – Nsumbu National Park – Nsumbu Rangers Women Team – Zambia – 2:53:35
    Rangers: Esnart Mulenga, Memory Chansa, Mildred Chishimba, Dinah Chansa
  3. Transfrontier Africa – Olifants West Nature Reserve – Team 2 & Team 3 – South Africa – 3:36:49
    Team 2 Rangers: Rethabile Mokgalaka, Nurse Molamodi, Tiisetso Charity Raganya, Everjoy Mathebula
    Team 3 Rangers: Lucendar Monyela, Mirren Mathebula, Yenzekile Mathebula, Remember Karabo Madike
1. CONSERVATION SOUTH LUANGWA - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK - CSL ATSIKANA - ZAMBIA - 2:45:27
2. FRANKFURT ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY - NSUMBU NATIONAL PARK - NSUMBU RANGERS WOMEN TEAM - ZAMBIA - 2:53:35
3. TRANSFRONTIER AFRICA - OLIFANTS WEST & GRIETJIE NATURE RESERVE - TEAM 2 & TEAM 3 - SOUTH AFRICA - 3:36:49

Race Day Galleries 2023 on Flickr

WRC23 Race Day Highlights
WRC23 Ranger Teams
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Kenya
Kruger National Park – South Africa
Kafue National Park – Zambia
Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda

Race Day Highlight Gallery

Where Did Our Rangers Run?

Click on the map to zoom and use the legend to view the locations of all of the Ranger Teams and the Regional Race Day Hubs and find out more!

Where Will Our Rangers Be Running?

Global Participants

After completing your race day challenge, make sure to log your time on our website, and see how you match up against our global participants.

Submitting your results will allow you to appear on our global leaderboards, and you will also receive a certificate for your participation, which will be emailed to you in the weeks following the event.

Please note that only participants who have registered AND logged their time will receive a certificate.

PUBLIC 5KM
CHALLENGE

PUBLIC 10KM CHALLENGE

PUBLIC 21KM CHALLENGE

RANGER TEAM 21KM CHALLENGE

Where Did Our Global Supporters Take Part?

WRC23 Public Participant Map

Wildlife Ranger Challenge Hub Events

This year, for the first time, select ranger teams gathered at locations in Kenya, Zambia, South Africa and Uganda for Wildlife Ranger Challenge Hub Events. These events give ranger teams the opportunity to compete directly with their regional counterpart, facilitate knowledge sharing and enable partnerships to be forged. Alongside the regional events, thousands of rangers took part virtually in teams from their respective protected areas across the African continent. They all competed for the Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2023 title.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Kenya

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya played host to 11 teams from across the country as they competed in the 21km race. Teams from Lewa, Mount Kenya Trust, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lion Landscapes and beyond all took part for a chance to be crowned Kenyan regional champions.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Kenya

Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda

Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area was the setting for the country’s regional event. Teams competed from Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Vallet, Murchison Falls and Kibale National Parks. They were joined by supporters from Uganda Conservation Foundation and beyond in a show of solidarity for rangers. 

Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda

Kafue National Park – Zambia

Zambia’s Kafue was the location for ‘Kafue Wild’, a celebration of the National Park and its biodiversity.

8 ranger teams took on the Wildlife Ranger Challenge as part of the celebration. Teams from Kafue National Park, Musekese Conservation, Game Rangers International, Liuwa Plain National Park, North Luangwa National Park (Frankfurt Zoological Society) and Nsumbu National Park (Frankfurt Zoological Society) all competed for the regional title.

Liuwa Plain, North Luangwa and Nsumbu participants are all cadet scouts, currently undertaking training at Chunga Wildlife Training School.

Kafue National Park – Zambia

Kruger National Park – South Africa

Southern African Wildlife College in Limpopo Province was home to a weekend dedicated to wildlife rangers. Teams from Kruger National Park, the Black Mambas, and the Southern African Wildlife College went head-to-head in the South African regional event race. They were joined by supporting teams from Sabi Sands and Game Rangers Association of Africa. The weekend was topped off with the celebration of the African Conservation Awards.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – Kenya

The Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2023

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Join In

We shared all the action from race day on our social media channels. Make sure to follow @tusk_org on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and TikTok to keep up to date, and share your Wildlife Ranger Challenge race day experience with #ForWildlifeRangers.

Media enquiries

For media enquiries, please email: robyn@tusk.org