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Supporting "Running for Rangers"

 

Raging Bull is extremely proud to be supporting Running For Rangers an organization which supports rangers in Africa who protect endangered wildlife from poachers.

Running for Rangers are a dedicated group of individuals who run marathons and ultra-marathons worldwide to raise much needed money for the welfare of the rangers.

Due to the recent demand for rhino horn, poaching has reached catastrophic levels. In South Africa alone over 1000 rhino were slaughtered in 2015, many more left injured or orphaned. The situation is even more dire for elephants, with some estimates suggesting that 100 elephants a day are being killed across Africa. Only the rangers and those that support them stand in the way of some of the world’s most dangerous poachers.

Our own Phil Vickery MBE has come on board as their ambassador and Raging Bull, has recently provided the team with exclusive Running for Rangers polo shirts, which will be worn with pride during the team’s most recent endeavor; the Peru Ultra-Marathon. Running for Rangers is the first charity adopted by Raging Bull, a partnership born out of respect for the rangers and a love of animals.

Raging Bull will be producing a line especially for the Rangers, which Phil is keen to personally deliver, no doubt putting them through their paces with some rugby drills whilst he is there. Good quality clothing, boots, socks and wet and cold weather clothing are not easily available to the Rangers and this can have a significant impact on morale. Phil’s visit will surely give them a great boost, knowing they have people supporting their efforts.

Why is poaching such a problem and why do these rangers need Running for Rangers, Phil Vickery, Raging Bull and all of us? The market price of rhino horn now rivals gold for value (approximately $65,000 -$75,000 a kilo) and it is estimated that the trade in illegal wildlife products is worth over $17 billion a year. In the Far East, rhino horn is sold in Vietnam and China, and to a lesser extent Laos, as traditional medicine. Despite having been scientifically proven to have no medicinal properties whatsoever (Rhino horn is comprised of keratin – the same substance as fingernails and hair), it continues to be in high demand with the wealthy elite – perhaps as much as a status symbol as the aphrodisiac or cure for cancer that it is purported to be.

With a price per kilo of over $1200 for ivory in the far east, Elephants too are victims of this senseless slaughter. Used for ornaments, the decimation of elephants is continent wide, and we are facing extinction of both these two species within a generation.

As poachers’ equipment becomes more sophisticated, so too must the Rangers. As a result, many private conservancies have withdrawn their funding and support, no longer able to match the escalating costs. Elephants, being migratory, unfortunately have a tendency to trample crops, eroding the goodwill of communities, and in some circumstances this promotes collaboration with the poachers. The Rangers risk their lives to try and protect these species, living in tough conditions, their families facing potential news of their death on a daily basis. They need support from us to be effective at their jobs and prevent another species from becoming extinct.

The Running for Rangers team is currently partaking in the Peru Ultra Marathon, proudly wearing their Raging Bull pink polo shirts. For more information and to show your support please see the Running For Rangers website - www.runningforrangers.com

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