the official body representing rangers around the world


What We Do

The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organisation established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that Rangers do in conserving the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

We work with our partners and other organisations as well as our member associations and their Rangers to ensure the world’s terrestrial and marine parks, and the flora and fauna that live in them, are protected from vandalism, poaching, theft, exploitation and destruction.

As front-line guardians of the world’s natural and cultural resources, Rangers are first on the scene of illegal or unsustainable exploitation of these resources, often at great personal risk. Regional conflict, civil war and political unrest also greatly impact protected areas and the Rangers that are dedicated to protecting them.

The world’s Rangers require special support structures, training and equipment to carry out their jobs. The IRF through its charity arm, The Thin Green Line Foundation, provides funds for training, equipment, capacity building and exchange programs to its members in order to ensure Rangers are well trained and properly equipped to manage the world’s most precious wildernesses.

Being the voice of Rangers in the international community, the IRF advocates for greater support for Rangers in carrying out their vital role in the protection of the world’s natural resources, as well as for good governance and the enactment of enforceable laws that protect Rangers from assault while performing their duties.

How do we do this?

We have several initiatives that help us achieve these goals, click on the below links to find out more:

  1. World Ranger Day
  2. World Ranger Congress
  3. Twinning Program
  4. Global Ranger Awards
  5. Capacity Building
What We Do