Zimbabwe has joined the rest of the world in marking the World Ranger Day with calls for a coordinated approach in conversation of the wildlife if the country is to achieve its goal of being the world global leader in wildlife conservation.

They are on the front line in the fight to protect the wildlife and directly involved in the battle to safeguard the elephants and rhinos from the well-armed poachers.

Despite the dangers they face every day in this profession the game rangers continue to commit themselves towards the noble effort of preserving the country’s heritage.

The brave men and women converged in Victoria Falls for the 2017 World Rangers Day commemorations, a day set aside to pay tribute to the rangers for their efforts and honour those who have died in the line of duty.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) director conversation, Mr Arthur Musakwa said while resources remain a major challenge a collaborative approach remains critical in the country’s the conservation efforts.

The Zimparks director also saluted the rangers for their dedication and for being resilient despite the difficult conditions.

According to Zimparks, the authority is working on resource mobilisation initiatives in order to improve the working conditions and ensure that the rangers are adequately equipped to deal with the scourge of poaching.

Several partners and traditional leaders graced the commemorations which were held under the theme, “I Will Stand by the World Rangers”.