Rally for Rangers isn’t just a ride, it’s a movement. Park Rangers around the world, most of them with a bare minimum of support and equipment, are working tirelessly to protect globally significant landscapes and resources. They cover hundreds and thousands of square kilometers of terrain on foot, horseback, camel, elephant, reindeer (yes reindeer), and, when possible, motorcycle. Unfortunately, most of the motorcycles in use protecting park lands are outdated, unreliable, and improper for the tasks at hand. This is how and why Rally for Rangers began.
In 2013, former U.S. National Park Ranger Robert McIntosh was working with the Mongol Ecology Center as a volunteer assisting managers at Lake Hovsgol National Park in Mongolia. “Mac”; as he is known to his friends and colleagues, was meeting with the chief ranger at Lake Hovsgol about park planning when a call came in regarding illegal camping on park lands nearby. Mac watched helplessly as the chief ranger hopped on his motorcycle only to have it break down. This happened routinely, that the rangers could not pursue or keep up with illegal poachers, miners, campers and other spoilers of the park. Mac had seen enough. He told his Mongolian colleague that he would take it upon himself to buy a new motorcycle, ride it across Mongolia and deliver it to his friend and colleague so he could adequately perform his job. Upon returning to the States Mac related this story, asked “who’s in?” and to date 35 new Yamaha motorcycles have been delivered by 35 intrepid riders and planet loving souls.
What about YOU? ARE YOU IN? Join us in continuing the movement! Improve the protection of our planet, enhance the lives and safety of dedicated park rangers, and have the adventure of a lifetime in the process.