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Running for Rangers

October 21, 2014

In conjunction with Space for Giants and Save the Rhino, Pete, Hollie, Sam, Joss and Jacqs are running the Marathon des Sables in April 2015 to raise money for the welfare of the rangers who risk their lives to protect rhino and elephant in Kenya. 

The Marathon des Sables is described by National Geographic as the ‘toughest footrace on earth.’ A gruelling six-day, 250km multi-stage adventure race through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates - the Sahara desert. You must be fully self-sufficient, carrying on your back everything except water that you need to survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but all other equipment and food must be carried.

The recent demand for rhino horn and the resulting resurgence in poaching has reached catastrophic levels. In South Africa 650 rhino have been slaughtered this year alone. In proportion to its population, Kenya has lost even more. The situation is even more dire for elephant, with some estimates suggesting that 100 elephant a day are being killed across Africa.

Despite increases in technology to aid the conservation of rhino and elephant, like drones and tracking chips, the most important part of protecting wildlife is “trusted boots on the ground” – men who are prepared and trained to work long hours monitoring and protecting rhino.

All these men operate in tough conditions, and cover vast areas on foot each day. In order to do this they need top-quality clothing that is suited to the warm days, cold nights and tough terrain.

Good quality military clothing is not available in Kenya and has to be imported. This includes decent boots, socks and wet and cold weather gear. If they are not adequately equipped in their areas of operations they will cease to be effective at their jobs. They will also lose morale with the possibility of defecting to the poaching gangs.

Ideally it would be good for each man to be issued two sets of uniform every two years, whereas boots are worn out quickly, with men covering upwards of 30 km a day on foot, and two pairs a year are necessary, as well as three pairs of quality socks every year.

By Running for Rangers we hope to raise funds to ensure that all rangers are adequately equipped with good-quality basic equipment. These are the men that are risking their lives to save these two iconic species – we must do all we can to help them!

UK DONORS
Please visit our website, uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Runningforrangers

USA DONORS
Save the Rhino International Inc (SRI Inc) is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organisation, EIN 31-1758236.

Option  1: By cheque:

Please send a cheque made out to “Save the Rhino International Inc” to:
Save the Rhino International Inc c/o Chapel and York Ltd
1000 N, West Street, Suite 1200
Wilmington, DE 19801 

Please specify that you would like your donation to be used to support Running for Rangers, and include your name and postal address so that we can send you a tax receipt for your records.

Option 2: Wire transfer

 You can donate by direct bank transfer to Save the Rhino International Inc.’s account Please notify us by email cathy@savetherhino.org If you are donating this way, specify that you would like your donation to be used to support Running for Rangers, and include your name and postal address so that we can send you a tax receipt for your records.

Bank name:                         Citibank, N.A. 912

Bank address:                      PO Box 19748, Washington, DC,

                                          20036-0748, USA

Account name:                     Save the Rhino International Inc

Account #:                          15108554

SWIFT code:                        CITIUS33

Routing number:                  254070116

Running for Rangers is proud to Support

Borana Conservancy, Lewa, Space for Giants (Laikipia Rapid Response Units), Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Ol Jogi Ranch, Northern Rangelands Trust, The Mara Elephant Project and Big Life Foundation.

Thank you, and for more information please do not hesitate to contact Sam Taylor, the Chief Conservation Officer at Borana Conservancy on sam@borana.co.ke