Every day, Park Rangers risk their lives to protect wildlife and wild places from poaching and other threats. Sadly, it’s estimated that over 1,000 park rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years – a large percentage of these are due to commercial poachers and armed militia groups. Park Rangers are generally under-equipped, underpaid, and often under-appreciated. We think they are heroes. And we work tirelessly to to provide them with the support they need to continue to protect threatened species around the world.
WHAT WE DO
The Thin Green Line Foundation Protects Nature’s Protectors by providing vital support to Park Rangers and their communities who are the front-line of conservation. We work predominantly in developing nations and conflict zones, and with Indigenous Park Rangers within Australia and abroad.
We are the only organisation solely dedicated to providing Rangers worldwide with the assistance they deserve and need. As the official charity arm of the International Ranger Federation, TTGLF has unparalleled access to Rangers worldwide.
The Thin Green Line Foundation is highly successful at delivering much needed support to Rangers, with a wide range of effective programs worldwide – from Kenya to Tanzania, Costa Rica to Guatemala, Thailand to Indonesia, and in many, many more places around the globe.
In the sad circumstance of a Ranger losing his or her life in the line of duty, TTGLF helps to ensure the widows and families are looked after into the future.
Through our work we aim to ensure that:
- Park Rangers are valued for their vital role at the front line of conservation
- Park Rangers, when in contact situations with poachers, have the ability to defend themselves
- Park Rangers are provided with decent working conditions and a living wage
- Park Rangers are provided with the skills and tools they need
- Park Rangers families and communities have on-going support when Rangers are injured or killed in the line of duty
The Thin Green Line Foundation was founded by award-winning conservationist, documentary filmmaker and Park Ranger, Sean Willmore.
In 2004, Sean set off around the world to make a documentary about the stories and plight of Park Rangers. Taking almost 12 months to travel through 23 countries, he uncovered many inspiring stories along the way.
The Thin Green Line documentary premiered in 2007, capturing people’s hearts in over 50 countries. The film has since become an international success story, offering a sense of hope and pride for Park Rangers around the world.
The documentary became the catalyst for Sean to set up The Thin Green Line Foundation, to support Park Rangers in danger.
Sean Willmore and the Thin Green Line Foundation have been recognised globally for their conservation efforts, including:
- Banksia International Award (2014)
- Pride of Australia medal (2013)
- Melbourne Award for Contribution to Sustainability (2013)
- United Nations Association of Australia Environment Award (2009)