They walk among us. Selfless souls from our community who work tirelessly, week after week, for no financial reward. Why? Because each one of them has an unyielding passion for our treasured natural environment - a passion which has ultimately cemented their commitment to helping protect it.
The many hundreds of Honorary Rangers throughout South Africa (the official volunteer organisation of SANParks), are definitely some of the true unsung conservation heroes of our beautiful country. Only a handful of our National Parks actually run at a profit, which places SANparks under immense pressure to maintain the environmental integrity of our parks with the resources available to them. The time and skills that our Honorary Rangers offer on a voluntary basis go a long way to alleviate some of these pressures faced by SANparks.
Our Knysna SANparks Honorary Rangers are involved in numerous local conservation efforts and their contribution is manifested in countless ways, such as raising valuable funds, creating vital public awareness, getting involved in river and estuary clean-ups, as well as alien vegetation removal projects. Essentially, they supply much needed manpower to assist in the various conservation, tourism and environmental education needs within SANParks.
One of the current Knysna SANparks Honorary Rangers' fundraising initiatives is the “Living Jewels” project run by Sabine Woodward. Focusing on making wall art pieces that depict several of our vulnerable and endangered wildlife species, Sabine combines – and essentially up-cycles - an eclectic assortment of second-hand materials; from wood, to metal, glass, semi-precious stones, shells and other interesting items. They are currently appealing to the public to please donate materials in order to sustain this project. They are looking for any tiles, mosaic materials, old costume jewellery, beads, shells, pebble stones and gemstones. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated.
Their current fund raising efforts are aimed at raising money for critical anti poaching equipment, needed to protect our country's precious wildlife.