What It Takes To Be A Ranger

Updated: May 25

Soldiers For Wildlife has partnered with South Africa's Wild Response to bring world class Ranger training to the Greater Krueger National Park region. In 2019, the IRF Ranger Training Standard was signed and adopted by over 500 dignitaries to raise the quality and standards of Ranger training. In our efforts to adopt these guidelines we found that there was no one more prepared to help raise these standards than Kevin Garrard and his team atWild Response.

Wild Response's mission is to train, advise, and assist rangers worldwide in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade by deploying new techniques and technologies to maximise their impact on the ground.

"Taking IRF training to new heights "

Important TRaining Concepts

A ranger’s place of work is in the field. Situations which threaten survival usually occur unexpectedly. With basic knowledge of survival skills the ranger can cope with most situations. It is not always possible to predict when life threatening situations will occur but in the ranger profession the chances of such situations occurring are very high indeed.Being a wildlife ranger is no easy task. It means long days in the heat, out in the bush, working to protect the big game animals we all love.


Rangers must be sensitized to human rights and how to work within the framework of the various laws, regulations and guidelines that govern the right of humans to life and dignity. To ensure that human rights and humane conduct is practised, rangers will need not only education and training but rigorous monitoring. All ranger forces should have human rights as a foundation to their standards.


Reliable equipment is key. While the most important asset in an anti-poaching unit is the ranger, appropriate equipment can allow the rangers to perform their duties to a higher standard. This is due to better capabilities, motivation and increased confidence in their equipment, but improved performance is only possible if the equipment is used correctly and well maintained. Your support has made all the difference during the pandemic.


In conjunction with Wild Response in South Africa, Soldiers for Wildlife is asking for your assistance raising funds to purchase 30 x IFAK’s (Individual first aid kits) to train and donate to rangers who risk their lives every day to protect our planets endangered species.

These funds will allow us to purchase these medical kits and travel to these ranger teams at their remote locations throughout South African national parks. A ‘medical trauma kit’ is only as good as the medical trauma training you receive. So, to train these brave wildlife warriors to the highest level and keep them safe, we use only the best T.C.C.C (tactical combat casualty care) trainers with years of military and civilian real-world experience.

Cheers to a year of saving lives, and protecting nature, as Soldiers For Wildlife!


Michael Terrell

Digital Director

Soldiers For Wildlife


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