Coinciding with World Ranger Day, Africa’s 2020 Rhino Conservation Awards pay tribute people and organisations who work constantly to reduce the threats and increase the sustainability of conservation efforts in Africa.
“Each organisation and individual that has been shortlisted has contributed in some way to a conservation success story, said Andrew Campbell, CEO of the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa. “The media tends to focus on the number of carcasses poached, but everyday many species are protected thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of dedicated conservationists and rangers who deserve recognition,” added Campbell.
This year, the Rhino Conservation Awards are to be presented in following categories: Best Field Ranger, Best Game Ranger, Best Conservation Practitioner and Best Conservation Supporter.
The shortlisted finalists are
- Julius Kaputo – Working in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia for Conservation Lower Zambezi
- Losas Lenamunyi – Working in the Sera Community Conservancy, Kenya for the Northern Rangelands Trust.
- Samuel Loware – Working in the Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda for the Uganda Wildlife Authority
- Albert Smith – Working in the Kruger National Park, South Africa as Malelane Section Ranger for SANParks.
- Benson Kanyembo – Working in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia as Law Enforcement Advisor for Conservation South Luangwa.
- Don English – Working in the Kruger National Park, South Africa as Marula South/Intensive Protection Zone Regional Ranger for SANParks.
- Eastern Cape DEDEAT Green Scorpions – Working as Environmental Management Inspectors in Eastern Cape, South Africa for the Department Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
- Marula South (IPZ) Rangers – Working as a ranger team in the Kruger National Park, South Africa in the Marula South Region/Intensive Protection Zone for SANParks.
- SANParks KNP Airwing – Working as pilots in the Kruger National Park, South Africa for SANParks
- Lynne Taylor – Director of ‘The Tashinga Initiative Trust’, Zimbabwe supporting rangers and their work in the entire Zambezi Valley region
- 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.
The awards are hosted annually in collaboration with the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA) and are sponsored by ZEISS and Chinese New Enterprise Investment (CNEI). This year, the Rhino Conservation Awards will also be sponsoring over 250 rangers with Ranger Protect insurance cover.
“This policy provides rangers with the necessary protection they need to comfortably and confidently perform their duties in the field and ensures the well-being of Africa’s rangers and their families is improved through the provision of adequate insurance cover in the event of injury or death.” – Andrew Campbell, CEO of the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa.