In conjunction with Space for Giants, ‘Running for Rangers’ is a dedicated group of individuals who run marathons and ultra marathons worldwide to raise money for the welfare of the rangers who risk their lives daily to protect elephants and rhino in Africa. Both of these iconic species are under threat of extinction because of illegal poaching – the demand for rhino horn and elephant ivory is rising and both command high prices in South East Asia. 100 African elephants are slaughtered each day by poachers; and in South Africa, which has by far the largest population of rhino in the world, an estimated 1,215 were killed in 2014 alone.
With the rising prices of ivory and rhino horn, poachers have become ever more determined and motivated, using high caliber assault weapons and sophisticated equipment to operate at night. Often poachers come from an underworld of illegal gunrunners, involved in all facets of gun-crimes including human trafficking, drugs and terrorism.
The rangers who protect rhinos and elephants operate in tough, dangerous conditions, and cover vast areas on foot each day. In order to be effective they need top-quality clothing that is suited to the warm days, cold nights and tough terrain, and sophisticated equipment to allow them to track and apprehend the poachers. Running for Rangers raises funds for good quality military clothing and specialist equipment which is not available in large areas of Africa, and organises its importation and distribution.
The cost of equipping and training a single frontline ranger for a year is almost $6,000. This year, Running for Rangers is aiming to raise $1,400,000 to ensure that 230 armed rangers are adequately equipped with top-quality basic equipment and are trained (one ranger for every km of the Jungle Ultra). The rangers are risking their lives to save these two iconic species and we want to do all we can to help them.
In their toughest challenge yet, an international team of 16 men and women are running the fearsome ‘Beyond the Ultimate’ Jungle Ultra in Peru. This will be a true test of endurance as the Running for Rangers team runs 230km over five days through the jungle trails, mountain roads and village tracks, making their way from Cloud Forest down 10,500 feet to the Amazon Jungle below. Humidity levels will approach 100 per cent, and the runners will have to be self-sufficient, carrying their own hammock, sleeping bag, food and supplies for the entire race. The fitness training leading up to the event cannot be underestimated – many months of physical and mental endurance will be required.
We are seeking sponsorship in the form of donations or gifts in kind to cover the costs of the trip, so that all the money raised can be used to support the rangers. Our runners come from several different countries, including the UK, New Zealand, Tanzania, USA and Kenya, offering international PR opportunities for sponsors. Running for Rangers and Space for Giants will be running media events with celebrities in each runner’s county, to help raise awareness of the issues facing elephants and rhinos, to raise funds and to profile our sponsors. Sponsors will be featured on the Running for Rangers and Space for Giants websites, Facebook and Twitter pages; on our kit; and at photoshoots/media events. The runners are also available as speakers at events.
To donate please click on the links below. Thank you for your support!