We are incredibly excited to announce the winners of this year’s Rhino Conservation Awards.
Dr. Larry Hansen, Founder of the Rhino Conservation Awards and judge had this to say: “We have had wonderful submissions this year. I have been adjudicating rhino and other conservation awards for 25 years and this year is by far the best that I have seen. It was most difficult to choose as all the submissions were worthy winners.”
And the winners are:
BEST CONSERVATION SUPPORTER
Winner: Lynne Taylor – The Tashinga Initiative. Lynne’s targeted initiatives ensuring rangers receive the support necessary to perform optimally have transformed the well-being and operational capabilities of the rangers in the Zambezi Valley. This enables them to function effectively and supports their extraordinary work in conservation and on-going protection of threatened species in Zimbabwe.
1st runner up: South African National Parks Environmental Crime Investigators, South Africa.
2nd runner up: WWF South Africa – Wildlife Programme, Southern Africa.
BEST FIELD RANGER
Winner: Samuel Loware of Uganda Wildlife Authority. Because of his effective monitoring and data collection skills, Samuel has made a significant impact on the increase of both giraffe and lion populations in the Kidepo Valley National Park. He is now conducting habitat assessments for the reintroduction of rhino into Kidepo, and other translocations of wildlife to ensure the conservation of these key species.
1st runner up: Julius Kaputo of Conservation Lower Zambezi – CLZ, Zambia.
2nd runner up: Losas Lanamunyi of Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya.
BEST GAME RANGER
Winner: Don English of South African National Parks for his outstanding leadership in the Kruger National Park where against all odds, through sheer tenacity and persistence and with the support of his ranger teams, he has managed to lower rhino poaching activities year on year in the Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ).
1st runner up: Benson Kanyembo of Conservation South Luangwa – CSL, Zambia.
2nd runner up: Albert Smith of South African National Parks, South Africa.
BEST CONSERVATION PRACTITIONER
Winner: South African National Parks Kruger National Park Airwing – This dedicated team of committed professionals work tirelessly to support rangers, veterinarians and researchers in protecting, saving, conserving and monitoring endangered species within the Kruger National Park and neighbouring protected areas. These pilots and their support staff are instrumental in many of the counter-poaching successes in the area.
1st runner up: South African National Parks Marula South (IPZ) Rangers, South Africa.
2nd runner up: Eastern Cape DEDEAT Green Scorpions, South Africa.
Huge congratulations to all the winners of the prestigious Rhino Conservation Awards and thank you for all that you do for conservation in Africa.
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