The Cycling for Rangers team are a group of four friends, adventurers and film-makers who have just endured an unsupported 8000km, 5 month, cycling expedition from Johannesburg to Nairobi raising funds and awareness for anti-poaching wildlife Rangers. Whilst cycling, the team have filmed a documentary about front-line Rangers, in eight countries, cycling from park to park, from the All-Female Black Mamba anti-poaching unit in Kruger, to the endangered mountain gorillas in the impenetrable Bwindi rainforest. These male and female anti-poaching Rangers are the un-sung heroes of conservation, sacrificing their lives, their relationships and their time to conserve the wild places and animals that is often taken for granted in the west.
The team are fundraising for For Rangers, an organisation based in LEWA park who distribute funds all over Africa, under the umbrella charity of Save The Rhino, to the Rangers themselves. They support the families of fallen Rangers, they provide necessary equipment, education and medical support to the places that need it most. The team hopes that the cycle, the film and their fundraising efforts will raise awareness and support that these heroes deserve. They will be talking about what they’ve learned from spending time with Rangers in 8 national parks, the world of African conservation from the point of view of local people, and their general experiences from cycling through some of the toughest terrain on earth.