WIRRAL ranges are joining thousands of women worldwide to celebrate World Female Ranger Week.

Flora and Jo, who dedicate their lives to protecting wildlife and the environment, will join more than 5,000 women wildlife rangers from around the world from June 23 until June 30.

Flora and Jo help to protect, manage and nurture parks and open spaces across the borough and hope to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

As well as celebrating the vital roles this global community of women plays, the week hopes to inspire others to consider becoming rangers as a career—currently, only 11 percent of rangers are female.

World Female Ranger Week was created by adventurer and conservationist, Holly Budge, who has been supporting the work of female rangers for almost a decade.

Holly—who, among her many achievements, was the first woman to skydive over Everest—is also the founder of the UK Charity How Many Elephants, which draws attention to the shocking plight of African elephants due to the illegal ivory trade.

Holly promotes World Female Ranger Week through How Many Elephants, which this year will include live and online events and a fundraising platform to support rangers worldwide.

She said: “Having patrolled with multiple ranger teams across Africa, I’ve seen first-hand how these bold women are impacting lives.

"They are protecting wildlife, uplifting communities and empowering other women.”