guardians

Guardians of the Earth

The Guardians of the Earth are the stewards of the world’s wild places, and the plants and animals that live there. These are the park rangers, Indigenous peoples, and local communities who prove every day that people have incredible power to benefit life on Earth. These are the scientists, women, academics, resource managers, and youth who are dedicating their lives to safeguarding biodiversity.  

Re:wild works to ensure that every person in a position to protect Earth’s biodiversity has agency to do so.

Rangers paddling down a river at night in search of Javan Rhino in Ujung Kulon National Park, Java (Photo by Robin Moore, Re:wild).

Through our work with guardians, Re:wild cultivates and invests in conservationists on the ground making a profound and lasting difference for our planet. For example: 

Re:wild is part of a coalition working to enable and advocate for better training, support, safety, and equality for protected area rangers. Rangers work on the front lines, where they prevent poaching, habitat destruction, and other threats to the ecosystems that keep the planet healthy.

Waorani leaders gather for a virtual press conference from their organizing base in the frontier town of Shell, Pastaza, Ecuadorian Amazon, May 21st 2020. (Photo by Mitch Anderson, Amazon Frontlines)

Re:wild’s partnerships with Indigenous peoples and local communities spans 25 countries, has led to the conservation of over 200 million acres of critical wildlands (approximately two times the size of the the United States’ fourth largest state, Montana), and has had positive impacts for people through the creation of wealth, enhanced security, and greater community empowerment. 

We are a champion for the Women in Nature Network (WiNN). Founded in 2013, this inclusive, global network is helping women overcome the barriers they frequently face. WiNN actively connects and empowers women to attain and thrive in rewarding careers to protect the planet.

Re:wild ambassadors Cenit Nadir, Abril Schreiber, Stephanie Villa and Cuba Country Manager for WCS Natalia Rossi hold Cuban Crocodiles ready for release. (Photo by Robin Moore, Re:wild)

The world needs protected places. It also needs growing populations of diverse people to connect to them, to belong to them, and ultimately to work and advocate for them and the plants, animals and fungi that depend on them for survival. With partners around the world, Re:wild is committed to expanding the number, diversity, and influence of these promising leaders above and beyond what exists today, by connecting them to vital networks and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to do their work.

Samburu warrior in northern Kenya. (Photo by Robin Moore, Re:wild)

Next gen guardians

We have a long history of supporting the next generation of conservation leaders. Since our founding, Re:wild’s associates—early and mid-career conservationists from around the world—have received mentorship, direct access to a global network of partners and media platforms, and new funding opportunities to grow professionally and accelerate their impact.

Meeting a Fishing Cat face-to-face changed the trajectory of Re:wild associate conservation scientist Anya Ratnayaka’s career. (Photo courtesy of Anya Ratnayaka)

Re:wild also works alongside other leading conservation groups in partnership with top colleges and universities across the United States to provide high-potential youth with a glidepath into conservation careers — from hands-on experiences in their communities as teens, college scholarships and fellowships, and skills training and support systems, to ultimately placing students into their first full-time, environmental job.

Banner collage image credits: Piotr Naskreki David Stowe/Aussie Ark, Robin Moore, Jonathan Mbu

Wild Facts

  • Rangers are tasked with protecting and managing up to 30% of the planet by 2030.

  • At least 25% of the world’s land is managed by or designated for Indigenous peoples & local communities.

  • Intersectional environmentalism identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the Earth are interconnected.

Solutions

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the interrelated crises of wildlife extinctions, climate change and pandemics. Re:wild works with local and Indigenous communities, conservation partners, governments and others to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our guardians work includes any combination of the following solutions:

protected area management

Improving the way protected and conserved areas are managed—involving communities, Indigenous peoples, sociology, economics, business management, and wildlife crime prevention—to ensure a safer future for biodiversity and local communities.

wildlife crime prevention

Developing community-led and owned prevention strategies that take into account the societal and cultural drivers of wildlife crime, and implementing systems and technology to stop poachers before a crime is even committed.

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Partnering with Indigenous Peoples

Incorporating Indigenous knowledge, practices and values to support Indigenous peoples in protecting and managing their lands and natural resources.

Cultivating Conservation Leaders

Partnering with the next generation, passionate leaders, communities and organizations all over the world to ensure they have the enabling conditions, resources and expertise they need to most effectively protect and manage wildlife and wildlands.

Advocating for Earth

Building a team of engaged global citizens by inspiring changes in daily habits and promoting individual and collective actions that drive real and lasting change. We harness our platforms and reach to generate international attention around imminent threats to wildlife and wildlands and the communities who rely on them, usually from extractive industries, to positively influence decision-makers and other stakeholders.

Exploration

Exploring some of the most remote corners of our planet to discover how and where we can have the biggest impact on imperiled species and places.

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