Cardinal is a supporter of the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA).
We contribute funding to a 3 year Ranger Protect Benefits Policy (including the rangers GRAA Membership fees for the period). Rangers are engaged in a relentless war for the protection and survival of our wildlife.
These men and women are the unsung heroes, working tirelessly in extremely harsh conditions; their bravery and successes often going unreported and unrecognized.
The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA)
Founded in 1970, The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) is a non-profit organization, and is the founding member of the International Ranger Federation (IRF), as well as an international member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Membership is diverse and spans over 26 countries, representing a number of disciplines operating at the coalface of African conservation on a daily basis. Collectively the association provides extensive practical insights into protected area management.
Why we chose them
Game Reserves, Safari Lodges and wilderness destinations are our valued partners in the tourism industry and regions we serve. We recognise our responsibility in the preservation of our natural resources. We are very conscious of the difficult and dangerous conditions that the diligent yet under-resourced Game Rangers face daily. Well-armed and resourced poachers and militia groups brutally massacre Africa’s rhino and elephant populations, due to demand from Vietnam and China.
Rangers are engaged in a relentless war for the protection and survival of these magnificent creatures, pitted against poachers (and their principals) who have little regard for anyone standing in the way of their bloody slaughter for a horn, tusk, or scale – the critically endangered Pangolin is another ruthlessly exploited and trafficked species.
We have committed to doing what we can to change that.
Gallery – Courtesy GRAA
How we help
Over 1000 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past 10 years.
Quite simply, for every confirmed Leisure Booking we contribute premiums towards a 3 year Ranger Protect Policy (Life & Benefits Cover) to the GRAA. Additionally we cover the ranger’s annual membership fees to the GRAA for the term of the policy. We do this at no cost to our clients. Should our clients wish to get involved, they can choose to match our contribution on a voluntary basis – every single cent helps and is so greatly appreciated! In this way we are able to boost the number of rangers covered by these policies.
This is a wonderful way of contributing to a balanced conservation initiative which strives to serve both the people and wildlife of Africa, and goes a long way towards ensuring future tourism to our beautiful continent. We also always offer the GRAA seats on our empty sector flights, where possible, for the benefit of their members.
The Ranger Protect Policy helps to ensure the well-being of GRAA Rangers and their families through the provision of adequate insurance cover in the event of injury or death. It goes without saying that these dedicated men and women operate in extreme environments, and continuously face the risks associated with wild animals, sickness, community backlash, and the increasing threat of armed poachers.
Cover is currently available for Rangers in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda – with plans to introduce to more territories in time.
WE BELIEVE OUR CONTRIBUTIONS PROVIDE A BALANCED APPROACH IN SERVING BOTH THE PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE OF AFRICA.