Announcing the shortlist for the fifth Tusk Awards for Conservation in Africa, Charlie Mayhew, CEO said “Thanks to the extraordinary achievements of all this year’s entrants, choosing just three finalists was an almost impossible task. And for the first time, the judges have chosen two finalists for the frontline Wildlife Ranger Award.”
Tusk Award finalists:
Brighton Kumchedwa has dedicated his life to conserving the wildlife of Malawi, now southern Africa’s major illegal wildlife trade route.
Nachamada Geoffrey for his inspirational work leading a team in Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve.
Serah Munguti for her work in Kenya’s biodiverse Tana River Delta, where communities were seriously threatened by land grabs for large agricultural development.
Wildlife Ranger Award finalists:
Solomon Chidunuka based in the Northern Province of Zambia is Senior Wildlife Warden for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. North Luangwa National Park holds Zambia’s only population of black rhino and working with Frankfurt Zoological Society no rhino have been lost under his watch.
Lucky Ndlovu based in Kruger National Park leads a dedicated team who since 2014 have been involved in the arrest and neutralization of sixty-six poachers and the recovery of thirty-eight rifles.
The Duke of Cambridge, Tusk Royal Patron said: “These awards which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa’s precious wildlife for its people. It is vital that we recognize the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation’s frontline. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”
The 2017 Tusk Awards for Conservation in Africa will be presented at a ceremony in Cape Town on 4 October.
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