Around the globe, park rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. The day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
It’s estimated there are more than 100,000 reserves, parks and protected areas around the world. World Ranger Day is organised by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007.
Many mistakenly think America’s Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park in the world, but there’s one that is over 100 years older. Established by the Mongolian government in 1778, the area surrounding Bogd Khan Uul Mountain is actually the oldest national park in the world
Many events are being staged around the world, including guided walks and screenings of the documentary The Thin Green Line. If there isn’t an event in your area, you could organise one – and help to raise awareness of the vital role performed by custodians of the world’s parks.