Help the forest’s unsung heroes

Run, Walk, Crawl for Rangers competition. (Photo courtesy of KenSeet)

The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation is hosting the “Run, Walk, Crawl For Rangers” competition this month, with all funds from the US$25 (811 baht) entry fee going to help save wildlife and forests. Participants can learn about the important work of wildlife rangers in conservation hotspots from Tanzania to Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia, and get a chance to win prizes worth over $20,000.

Stay at home and join a mission using your smartphone. This global initiative allows a group of fitness enthusiasts to count their steps while helping five wildlife ranger teams: the Wildlife Alliance in Cambodia, which provides ranger intervention to stop forest destruction; Masungi Georeserve in the Philippines, a conservation area and rustic rock garden tucked in the rainforests of Rizal; HoneyGuide, which runs community-based conservation initiatives such as the Randilen Wildlife Management Area in Tanzania; Freeland Foundation in Thailand, which provides comprehensive training to rangers and protected areas managers; and the rangers at the Cardamom Tented Camp Concession in Cambodia.

The lucky draw offers more than 50 prizes including the very first reservation confirmation for a stay at the new two-bedroom transparent Jungle Bubble Lodge at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai that lets you spend the night observing rescued elephants in their natural habitat, followed by a two-night stay in the luxury resort’s Three Country View Suite.

There’s also a three-night stay in an overwater pool villa at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Resort; a three-night stay at Shinta Mani Angkor in Siem Reap; a three-night stay at Tiger Tops in Nepal; a two-night stay at the Cardamom Tented Camp; and a one-night stay in a Superior Tent at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in northern Thailand.

The foundation was set up at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in 2003 to help Thailand’s street-begging elephants. Aiming to improve animal welfare, it has branched out to lend a helping hand and resources to other conservation projects mainly in Southeast Asia and Africa, including the Cardamom Tented Camp Concession where Khmer rangers patrol the pristine land to protect against deforestation and illegal poaching.