2020 Rhino Conservation award winner

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Motivated and healthy rangers teams are vital to conservation – Lynne Taylor

Lynne Taylor, director of the Tshavinga Conservation Trust in the lower Zambezi Valley won the top prize in the Conservation Supporters category of Africa’s 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards

In the vast Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe, Lynne Taylor’s provides essential support to rangers, often at great risk. This has included boosting the supplies of anti-poaching equipment,  installing solar powered water pumps, and radio and satellite links so rangers can respond quickly.

Winning formula

Director of the Tashinga Initiative Trust in Zimbabwe, Lynne reckons that a physically and mentally healthy ranger team that is motivated, well-equipped and adequately trained is vital to conservation. Taylor has also introduced vegetable gardens and supported the education of ranger’s children, “instilling a sense of pride and common purpose among the ranger community”, reads her citation.


Runners up in the Conservation Supporters category were:

  • SANParks E&CI – The Environmental Crime and Corporate Investigations (E&CI) Unit of SANParks focus on the investigation and apprehension of organized crime syndicates across South Africa
  • WWF-SA Wildlife Programme – A WWF-SA initiative working in Southern Africa and beyond to conserve rhinos and other endangered wildlife.



>> Click here to read the citations of all the finalists