The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) and SATIB Insurance Brokers have called for support for their Ranger Protect project, which aims to insure game rangers against death and disability.

As lockdowns are implemented across the globe, game rangers have been classified as an essential service in South Africa. As these dedicated individuals work to protect Africa’s biodiversity, a statement from GRAA and SATIB urges: “During this global pandemic, let us not forget about our rangers.

According to the statement: “Over 1 000 rangers lost their lives in the line of duty in the past decade.”

It is with this figure in mind that the Ranger Protect project was launched in 2018. The project garners financial support to provide adequate insurance cover for rangers across Africa and, to date, close to 1 400 rangers are covered.

“Apart from their own welfare, rangers also seek to have their families supported, should an unfortunate event occur. We have been on a long road to develop insurance plans for rangers across Africa at a rate that rangers and sponsors can afford,” said Director of SATIB Insurance Brokers, Andre du Toit.

Cover is currently available for rangers in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, with further territories being introduced over time.

By sponsoring a ranger’s insurance for the year, the cost of their membership to the Game Rangers’ Association is covered as well as death and disability cover of up to US$6 500.