World Female Ranger Day


New and Empowering Global Awareness Day Created by UK Charity How Many Elephants

Monday 7 June, London: World Female Ranger Day (WFRD) is a global awareness day aimed to celebrate female anti-poaching rangers across the world. Launching for the first time on Wednesday 23rd June 2021, the global awareness day has been created by UK conservation charity, How Many Elephants (HME) with the aim to protect important and endangered species as well as empower and support incredible female anti-poaching teams.

Despite less than 11% of the global wildlife ranger workforce being female, HME has identified that there are female anti-poaching teams in many countries around the world and in at least 18 African countries. The launch of the global day in 2021 will focus on the incredible female anti-poaching teams across Africa and shine a light on these wildlife rangers on the front line of conservation.

How Many Elephants, founded by adventurer and conservationist Holly Budge, has worked closely with female anti-poaching teams in Africa including South Africa’s Black Mambas and the Akashinga in Zimbabwe. Many of these inspirational women have overcome abuse, extreme poverty and marginalization and their important work in animal conservation and anti-poaching is changing attitudes towards female roles in local communities. Through their contribution in protecting wildlife and threatened wilderness areas, their work is inspiring, empowering and paving the way for more women to join these forces.

HME and WFRD aims to collate gender-specific data about female anti-poaching rangers, identify their needs, find tangible solutions, and build effective policies to contribute towards positive outcomes for female rangers and animal conservation.

HME is dedicated to contributing towards the protection of elephants and other iconic and threatened species. By creating World Female Ranger Day, wild animals will have a greater chance of survival due to the stronger presence of anti-poaching rangers on the front line. Safeguarding these wild spaces and deterring poaching activity, the strong and powerful women are an instrumental force in the protection and the future of these vulnerable animals.

Interviews with Holly Budge and female rangers available upon request

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To accompany WFRD, HME has created an interactive platform, where female rangers can come together to tell their stories, have access to peer support, offer and receive advice, and share knowledge. It can be found at