31 Jul '16, 11am

107+ rangers died in the past year, yet many rangers around the world lack health or life insurance

At least 107 rangers died in the line of duty over the past twelve months and yet a new survey finds many rangers across the world are still not covered by any health, long-term disability or life insurance schemes. According to the figures released by the International Ranger Federation (IRF) to mark World Ranger Day today, 42 percent of the rangers who died in the past year were killed by poachers and 17 percent by wild animals. More than 1,000 have now died in the past decade. However, despite the evident risks rangers face every day, the first ever global ranger insurance report surveying 40 countries across the world found that 35 percent of government rangers have no life insurance, while 20 per cent receive no health insurance and 45 percent lack long-term disability cover. “On World Ranger Day, we stand with all of our remarkably brave men and women, and especially...

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