SANParks Honorary Rangers is a group of passionate and unpaid volunteers who give freely of their time and skills to support conservation in South Africa’s national parks.
We provide the people and business community of South Africa with an opportunity to support and become involved in conservation efforts in our national parks.
SANParks recognises us as its trusted channel of public support and fund raising and the relationship is managed at the highest level of both organisations. All funds raised are directed to strategic projects through a SANParks-approved wish list system.
Our community-based programmes reach out to communities who border our parks to create appreciation for the benefits of nature conservation and grow support for the conservation of our national heritage.
Volunteers have been active in the Kruger National Park from as early as 1902, helping to ease the workload of full-time rangers and staff.
Today there are over 1 600 Honorary Rangers - all volunteers - based in 31 regions around the country and working in all 21 national parks, including iconic parks such as Kruger, Addo, Table Mountain, Agulhas and Kgalagadi.
We are involved at various levels, from welcoming guests at entry gates, raising funds for counter-poaching operations, assisting with visitor management, running youth activities through the Junior Honorary Rangers programme - and even giving specialist advice on infrastructure and scientific projects.
We have provided the lion’s share of support for anti-poaching initiatives by donating much-needed equipment, supporting the air-wing and funding the training of the rangers and K9 units.
In the past three years we have provided SANParks with more than R150m in donations and volunteer support.
We also play an important role in educating the public on environmental issues and the importance of conservation through talks and displays at shopping centres, schools, shows and public gatherings. firstname.lastname@example.org