Ranger Teams 2023

The following conservation organisations are participating in the Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2023 and are eligible recipients of the Ranger Fund to support the work of their field-based rangers. Every penny donated will be matched by the Scheinberg Relief Fund, doubling your generous contribution.

View the full list of individual Ranger Teams participating on 21st September.

ACCF WRC

2023 ACCF – Karingani Game Reserve

Karingani has an integrated and enduring vision of becoming a world-leader in sustainable conservation. Karingani’s goal is to restore, enhance and maintain the natural ecological processes and biodiversity through an effective and sustainable partnership between the Mozambican Government, private investors and participating communities.

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2023 Africa Foundation – Mnemba Island, Vamizi Island & Benguerra Island

Africa Foundation believes that conservation is best achieved by ensuring that the benefits of conservation are shared by the communities who are the stewards of conservation landscapes and seascapes. Therefore, Africa Foundation facilitates the empowerment and development of people living in or adjacent to, protected areas in Africa.

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2023 Africa Nature Investors Foundation – Gashaka Gumti National Park

Africa Nature Investors Foundation is a non-profit organisation which signed a 30-year MOU with the National Park Service under the Ministry of Environment to provide technical, logistical and financial support to Gashaka Gumti National Park which is the largest and the most diverse national park in the country.

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2023 Africa Nature Investors Foundation – Okomu National Park

Africa Nature Investors (ANI) Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting nature conservation through community education, research, and supporting the protection efforts of national parks and forest reserve. ANI has signed a 30-year partnership agreement with Nigeria’s National Park Service for the management of Okomu National Park.

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2023 African People & Wildlife – Tarangire National Park

African People & Wildlife supports a team of Community Game Scouts outside Tarangire National Park. The 11-person team serves a critical role in the community by protecting wildlife and habitat from illegal activities, searching for lost livestock and people, and liaising with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) and Wildlife Division.

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2023 Big Life Foundation – Amboseli Ecosystem

Big Life Foundation's 360 community-based rangers patrol an area of more than 1.6 million acres of one of Earth's most iconic natural treasures: The Amboseli Ecosystem. Our programs are co-designed with the communities affected by them, and have had great success at tackling the diverse range of challenges facing modern conservation.

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2023 Bongo Surveillance Project – Kenya’s National Forests

The purpose of the Bongo Surveillance Project (BSP) organisation is to help secure a future for the world’s last remaining wild Mountain Bongo antelope (Tragelaphus eurycerus isaaci) and to protect the forests where they live. The Eastern or Mountain Bongo is a flagship sub-species for Kenya’s remaining high forest ecosystems.

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2023 Communities for Red Colobus (C4RC)

The Communities for Red Colobus (C4RC) project aims to support endangered Temminck’s red colobus populations in The Gambia by building community capacity in line with the Red Colobus Action Plan 2021-2026 priorities and by developing alternative livelihood projects to reduce local dependence on logging for charcoal production.

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2023 Conservation and Wildlife Fund – Hwange National Park

The Conservation & Wildlife Fund (CWF) works with state institutions and other conservation organisations to enable communities and wildlife to thrive in the region around Hwange National Park.

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2023 Conservation Lower Zambezi – Lower Zambezi National Park

Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is a non-profit organisation committed to the protection of wildlife and the sustainable use of natural resources in the Lower Zambezi, Zambia. Established in 1994, CLZ is centred around three main pillars of support: Wildlife Protection, Environmental Education, and Community Empowerment.

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2023 Conservation South Luangwa – South Luangwa National Park

CSL works with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in protected area management across the South Luangwa Valley, Zambia. CSL practises a multi-faceted approach to wildlife resource management and protection.

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2023 Conservation Through Public Health – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) is a grassroots Ugandan based NGO and non-profit established in 2003. CTPH promotes biodiversity conservation by enabling people, gorillas and other wildlife to coexist through improving their health and livelihoods in and around Protected Areas in Africa.

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2023 Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund – Nkuba Conservation Area

The Fossey Fund is dedicated to gorilla conservation and protecting some of the world’s most biodiverse forests, critical to fighting climate change. We do this through daily tracking, scientific research, education & community partnerships. In the DRC, we seek to protect critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas and their habitat.

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2023 Frankfurt Zoological Society – Gonarezhou National Park

Gonarezhou, named "The Place of Elephants", is Zimbabwe’s second-largest National Park and one of its famed wilderness areas. Stretching over 5,053 square kilometres, from the Save River in the north to the Mwenezi River in the south, It is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in southern Africa – including the iconic Chilojo Cliffs.

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2023 Frankfurt Zoological Society – North Luangwa Ecosystem

The North Luangwa Conservation Programme is a partnership between Frankfurt Zoological Society and Zambia's Department of National Parks & Wildlife to conserve the North Luangwa National Park and its adjoining Game Management Areas: 22,000 km² of pristine wilderness of the North Luangwa ecosystem, including Zambia's only population of Black Rhino.

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2023 Frankfurt Zoological Society – Nsumbu National Park

Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Program was established in 2017. We have the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems which consist of Nsumbu NP and Tondwa GMA and the world’s renowned Lake Tanganyika respectively. Mission: Conserve landscapes whilst enriching lives through empowering,engaging & effectively managing the ecosystem.

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2023 Game Rangers Association of Africa

Established in 1970, the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA) provides a supportive network to over 2000 rangers across the continent. Our mission is to benefit Africa’s rangers by providing networks, advocacy and ensuring they have the necessary capability and support to perform their duties protecting the wildlife and wild places of Africa.

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2023 Game Rangers International – Greater Kafue Ecosystem & Rufunsa Game Management Area

Game Rangers International is a Zambian based NGO founded in 2008. With its three programmes - Resource Protection, Community Outreach, and Wildlife Rescue - GRI has a holistic approach to conservation. Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wild elephants, supporting local communities and empowering Rangers on the frontline of conservation.

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2023 Honeyguide Foundation – Makao Wildlife Management Area

Honeyguide is committed to making community conservation work, and we see community-managed areas as social enterprises that provide for both people and wildlife. Our primary focus is developing effective governance and professional management of community-led conservation areas in Tanzania.

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2023 Honeyguide Foundation – Manyara Ranch

Honeyguide is committed to making community conservation work, and we see community-managed areas as social enterprises that provide for both people and wildlife. Our primary focus is developing effective governance and professional management of community-led conservation areas in Tanzania.

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2023 IMPACT Madagascar – Mahajeby & Madiromirafy Conservation Areas

IMPACT Madagascar works with local communities to alleviate poverty and provide achievable and sustainable environmental protection, empowering people, and coaching practical conservation skills. Our projects focus on community development & community conservation, in dry and gallery forests and their surrounding wetlands in 4 regions in Madagascar.

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2023 IRDNC – Integrated Rural Development & Nature Conservation

IRDNC strives to improve the lives of rural people by diversifying the socio-economy in Namibia’s communal areas to include wildlife and other valuable natural resources. We believe this will secure a long-term place for wild animals outside of national parks, and significantly reduce future pressure on these areas.

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2023 Kissama Foundation – Luando Strict Nature Reserve

Kissama Foundation is an Angolan NGO established in 1996 focusing on the protection and conservation of biodiversity in Angola. FK develops projects for the study and conservation of flagship species such as the giant sable antelope, marine turtles and forest elephants.

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2023 Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Lewa) works as a model and catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat through the protection and management of wildlife species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programs, and the engagement of neighbouring areas in the value of wildlife.

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2023 Lion Landscapes Team

Lion Landscapes is a grassroots large carnivore conservation organisation that believes in a world where people and wildlife thrive within healthy landscapes. Our mission is to make large carnivore conservation valuable to local and global communities. We work in four key landscapes, representing over 110,000km2 of Africa’s largest wildlife areas.

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Lion Landscapes – Borana Conservancy

2023 Lion Landscapes – Borana Conservancy

Borana is located at the foot of Mt Kenya just North of the equator. This 32,000-acre conservation area is home to both Black and White Rhino and a wide variety of other endangered species. We are a non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of wildlife, habitat and building local livelihoods

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2023 Lion Landscapes – Loisaba Conservancy

Loisaba is a 58,000 acre conservancy owned by Loisaba Community Trust, a Kenyan Trust committed to wildlife and ecological conservation. The Loisaba mission is to protect and enhance critical wildlife diversity, abundance and habitat while concurrently supporting sustainable livestock production and improving the lives of neighbouring communities.

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Lion Landscapes – Mpala Conservancy & Research Centre

2023 Lion Landscapes – Mpala Conservancy & Research Centre

Defined by the catchments of two perennial rivers, the Ewaso Ny’iro and Ewaso Narok, and by the protracted migrations of over 6000 elephants, Mpala is a vast and diverse savanna landscape supporting prodigious wildlife populations. The importance of this region is that little of it is formally protected. Our rangers are at the frontline to protect.

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2023 Lion Landscapes – Mugie Conservancy

Mugie is a wildlife conservancy in Laikipa, Kenya. Mugie works as a key wildlife corridor connecting the Rift Valley with Mt. Kenya and the Northern frontier. The conservancy is home to a rich diversity of species that are protected around the clock by the team of rangers on the ground.Mugie is also supports its neighbouring communities.

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2023 Lion Landscapes – Ol Jogi Conservancy

Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy is situated in Laikipia County, Kenya. Ol Jogi's rangers provide protection to a much-needed habitat and breeding ground for many other critically endangered species. In addition to protecting 77 Eastern Black Rhinos and 40 Southern White Rhinos, our teams provide security to surrounding communities.

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Lion Landscapes - Ol Maisor Ranch

2023 Lion Landscapes – Ol Maisor Ranch

Ol Maisor farm is a large ranch in Laikipia North, Kenya. We practise large scale no-till agriculture, cattle ranching using a holistic management grazing plan and tourism. This means that our focus is always on managing the property and its wildlife within this mixed system and focusing on conserving the environment to sustain these endeavours.

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Lion Landscapes – Suyian Ranch

2023 Lion Landscapes – Suyian Ranch

Suyian Ranch is a spectacular and critical unfenced wildlife habitat extending to 44,000 acres in Laikipia County, Kenya. Suyian has been managed for decades as a sanctuary for wildlife as well as providing critical support for local communities.

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Lion Landscapes - Tumaren Ranch - Karisia Walking Safaris

2023 Lion Landscapes – Tumaren Ranch – Karisia Walking Safaris

Karisia Walking Safaris is an organisation that is committed to protecting wildlife and their habitats, enhancing sustainable tourism in the region we operate, eradicating invasive species such as cacti and improving community security and relationships.

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WRC23-Luwire-Lugenda

2023 Luwire Wildlife Conservancy – Lugenda Wildlife Reserve

Lugenda Wildlife Conservancy is the first and largest of Niassa’s concessions at 4,550 km. Luwire comprises a small team of dedicated conservationists, many of whom have been in place since its inception in 2001, currently monitored by sixty anti-poaching rangers drawn from the local villages. Our focus is to stop poaching, illegal forestry and mining.

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Luwire Wildlife Conservancy

2023 Luwire Wildlife Conservancy – Niassa Special Reserve

Luwire Wildlife Conservancy is located in the Niassa Special  Reserve in northern Mozambique. We seek practical and robust solutions to the challenges of conservation at scale and long term financial  and physical security.

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Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

2023 Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

The Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA) has 22 conservancies at different stages of development within the Mara Landscape. The Conservancies are not homogeneous, but they are all based on a partnership between the Landowners and Tourism Partners, with MMWCA playing the coordination role.

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2023 Malilangwe Trust

The Malilangwe Trust is a Zimbabwean not-for-profit organisation dedicated to biodiversity conservation and committed to improving the lives of people who live in the communities surrounding the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. Through dedication, passion and research, our aim is to preserve Malilangwe's ecosystem and educate people in conservation.

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2023 Mount Kenya Trust – Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) is a Kenyan not-for-profit organisation that works to protect and conserve forested expanse around Africa’s second-highest mountain. Mount Kenya’s ecosystem services are vital to the Kenyan population and economy. MKT approach is holistic and partnership-based to protect and conserve the forest, water, people and wildlife.

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2023 Musekese Conservation – Musekese-Lumbeya-Kafue National Park

MC was founded in 2018 in response to increasing trends of illegal activity across the landscape. With support from key donors we have grown the programme to support over 40 rangers from the local communities and been able to deploy them across the landscape - to date we have been operating inside the KNP and now we are evolving to...

2023 Ngare Ndare Forest Trust

Ngare Ndare Forest is an indigenous forest at the northern foothills of Mt. Kenya. It is home to a variety of species of birds and wildlife who enjoy the undisturbed canopy of the 200 year old flora. The forest is a resource that also supports the lives of thousands of people surrounding the forest who need water from ever flowing...

2023 Northern Rangelands Trust – Northern Rangeland Trust Conservancies

The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is a membership organisation owned and led by the 43 community conservancies it serves in Kenya and Uganda. NRT was established as a shared resource to help build and develop community conservancies, which are best positioned to enhance people’s lives, build peace and conserve the natural environment.

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2023 Northern Tuli Game Reserve

The Northern Tuli Game Reserve can be regarded as a stronghold of conservation giving sanctuary to animal populations. Recorded: 48 large Mammals species, 384 bird species including numerous threatened and rare species, numerous reptiles, small mammals, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. 194 tree and shrub species have also been recorded.

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2023 Painted Dog Conservation – Hwange National Park Buffer Zone

Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) is a non-profit making organisation registered in Zimbabwe. PDC’s focal research activities are to monitor distribution, densities and demography in order to understand direct and indirect threats to packs in the greater Hwange ecosystem and the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe.

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Project Rhino - KwaZulu-Natal

2023 Project Rhino – KwaZulu-Natal

Project Rhino is an association of 37 like-minded organisations, facilitating rhino conservation interventions aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the white and black rhino populations of KwaZulu-Natal. We recognise that conserving and protecting rhinos from the threat of poaching is symbolic of the broader threat faced by all wildlife.

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2023 Save the Rhino Trust – Kunene Region

Save the Rhino Trust Namibia (SRT) works tirelessly to protect the last, free-roaming population of black rhinos in the world. SRT's trackers and conservancy rhino rangers come from local communities and possess a deep knowledge of rhinos and their surroundings. Their skills are tested during long patrols, on foot in an open landscape.

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Savé Valley Conservancy

2023 Savé Valley Conservancy

Savé Valley Conservancy is home to many wild animals and boasts a great population of both black and white Rhino. This Conservancy has been in operation since 1992 and is in a position to relocate certain species due to the protection on the ground of the landscape and animals by the families on the ground.

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SORALO - Southern Rift Association of Land Owners

2023 SORALO – Southern Rift Association of Land Owners

SORALO is a community-led association of the Maasai landowners of Kenya’s South Rift.  Our mission is to keep this important territory healthy and connected for both the people and the wildlife who reside there, with the additional recognition that protected areas are insufficient to halt the loss of biodiversity and habitats in Kenya.

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Southern African Wildlife College (K9) - Greater Kruger Area

2023 Southern African Wildlife College (K9) – Greater Kruger Area

Since its inception in 1996, the College has built a sound reputation as a centre of specialisation in conservation education, training and skills development. So far, the College has trained over 20,000 people across various programmes, learnerships and short courses, the majority of which are field rangers.

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Tashinga Initiative - Chewore South

2023 Tashinga Initiative – Chewore South

Tashinga Initiative aims to secure wildlife habitats, protect wildlife and empower rangers in ZimParks’ biodiverse-rich Zambezi Valley’s Protected Areas, Zimbabwe, also contributing towards climate change action through responsible, strategic and maintained conservation interventions for these areas.

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Tashinga Initiative – DAPU – Dande AntiPoaching Unit

2023 Tashinga Initiative – Dande-Mbire

Tashinga Initiative aims to secure wildlife habitats, protect wildlife and empower rangers in ZimParks’ biodiverse-rich Zambezi Valley’s Protected Areas, Zimbabwe, also contributing towards climate change action through responsible, strategic and maintained conservation interventions for these areas.

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