Announcing the winner of the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, Tusk CEO Charlie Mayhew said: “Thanks to his extraordinary bravery and passion for the natural world, Zambia’s Benson Kanyembo provides much needed hope for the future of Zambia’s threatened wildlife…and with his inspirational leadership the war against poaching and the illegal wildlife trade is winnable.”
Created in 2015 by Tusk Royal Patron, Prince William, to recognise the debt of gratitude we all owe to the dedication of frontline rangers, these awards which mean so much to him personally, are now more important than ever as we face the increasing threat to all wildlife.
Benson Kanyembo’s work reflects a man who has spent his entire career toiling in obscurity on the frontline of African conservation, risking his life for something he believes is worth dying for, and bearing the tragedies and triumphs of the ceaseless struggle to save the continent’s iconic wildlife.
Speaking on hearing news of the award Benson Kanyembo said: “Now with this award, I need to push even more, work hard, educate more, delegate more, I need to groom a future generation so other people will continue to help save Mother Nature.”
The Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award gives international recognition to the men and women who work in the field protecting wildlife in Africa on a daily basis and the winner receives a Tusk grant of £10,000.
The Awards ceremony will also be live streamed on Facebook on Thursday 21 November. Tune in 18.45 GMT to see who wins the other awards for conservation in Africa. www.facebook.com/tusk.org/
Click here to read a feature article on Benson in The Telegraph