WHO WE ARE

​Mangrove forests are one of the most valuable coastal ecosystems on the planet offering many natural services that protect humanity’s best interest. However, these ecosystems are depleting rapidly, thus contributing to ecological degradation due to climate change and over development.  We have lost 3,900 acres of pristine mangrove forests in the western area of Grand Cayman. With only 1,500 acres of mangroves left (38%!) in this area, we have decided enough is enough and as we fight to protect this important ecosystem. In addition, the 8,500 acre Central Mangrove Wetlands - the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the Caribbean - is under serious threat of development. We are the Cayman Islands Mangrove Rangers, a team of passionate Caymanians utilizing our diverse skills to protect Cayman mangroves.

Conservation requires an array of skills hence why our Rangers come from diverse backgrounds from marketing, law, hospitality to videography, and education. All of our Rangers are knowledgeable on the scientific functions of mangrove ecosystems in addition to their specialty. We value teamwork and the elevation of individual aspirations. We aim to develop each other weaknesses and utilize each other strengths as we protect this valuable natural resource.

WHAT WE DO

Protection Over Restoration 

Goals:

 

  1. Establish an organisation that monitors the ecological health of the mangrove ecosystems in the Cayman Islands.

   2. Collect data on the human impacts of mangrove ecosystems in the Cayman Islands through observation and

        partnership with the Department of Environment.

   3. Educating and Empowering local communities of the Cayman Islands to understand the true value of mangrove 

        ecosystems and their importance in sustaining our island environment

Mangrove Rangers:​

We are seeking to train and hire Caymanians who are unemployed or out of University due to COVID-19. 


We are working closely with the Department of Environment to collect data and to monitor damage. 

 

We are messengers of the law, ensuring that developers and landscapers are aware of the  Species Conservation Plan for Mangroves. 

 

We also aim to create educational awareness campaigns through videos, infographics, and events.

We believe that Restoration Projects are a last resort! We must protect what we have now! That is the role of a Mangrove Ranger. 

Meet The Team

Martin Keeley

Executive Ranger

Steff McDermot

Executive Ranger

Bill LaMonte

Executive Ranger

Meet The Team

Martin Keeley

Executive Ranger

Steff McDermot

Executive Ranger

Bill LaMonte

Executive Ranger

Martin Keeley

Executive Ranger

Steff McDermot

Executive Ranger

Bill LaMonte

Executive Ranger

Ashli Welcome

Research & Social Media 

As a Mangrove Ranger I hope to play an integral role in helping to protect this vital part of our ecosystem by increasing awareness of unnecessary destruction taking place with the aim of bringing about political change for the implementation of new laws to protect and preserve this important resource.

The mangrove ranger training programme has enabled me to connect with like minded young caymanians, and offered me the opportunity to be a part of a once in a lifetime conservation opportunity.

Nikolaus Foster

Tour Guide 

Javahn Syms

Videography 

Dinara Perera

Research & Data Management  

Daniella Christian

Education  

Milo Dack

Events Coordination 

Rickeem Lashley 
 

UK Support

Chaiz-le Frederick

Marketing & Education

Sheno Dixon 

 

Suppport

ABOUT US >

We aim to educate and enable students, teachers, parents, and their communities in the understanding and monitoring of the wonderful world of mangroves in the Cayman Islands. We achieve this through, observation, outreach data collection and advocacy. We continue to establish a conservation ethos to protect and enhance mangrove ecosystems.

CONTACT >

T: +1 345-924-9640

C: +1 345-526-5072

E: info@mangroverangers.ky

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