Recognising a wide range of exceptional individuals and organisations
and raising awareness of the amazing work they do.

Winners Recognised 
at the
Rhino Conservation
Awards 2020

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Speech at RCA 2019

I am delighted to be here for this beautiful gathering tonight. And above all I am delighted to see you all again for this important event, four years after I first attended this ceremony.

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In 2011, Dr Larry Hansen, Founder of the ‘Carl Zeiss Tiger Conservation Award’ and Ms Xiaoyang Yu, Founding Partner of China New Enterprise Investment (CNEI), approached the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA) with the concept of starting the Rhino Conservation Awards. The founders recognised that, although there were many organisations working to combat rhino poaching there was no recognition for the people who are at the forefront of fighting the scourge – the rangers.

In 2020 the Rhino Conservation Awards broaden their focus from rhino conservation to endangered species conservation. The primary objective of the awards is to give recognition to the leading role players in endangered species conservation and in doing so raise awareness of their amazing work. Often facing physical danger, political opposition and severe financial constraints, this selfless group of conservationists continue to work to save Africa’s natural heritage. The Awards serve to motivate these dedicated men and women to keep fighting to ensure the survival of our endangered species for the benefit of this and future generations.

The Awards has been well received by the conservation fraternity and continues to garner both public and media support. They are made possible with the generous support of sponsors ZEISS and CNEI, endorsed by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and are hosted by the GRAA. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is committed to the protection of endangered species through the support of his Foundation, is the Patron of the Rhino Conservation Awards.

Who can nominate?
The Rhino Conservation Awards welcome members of the public, non-profits, individuals within conservation organisations and governmental entities across Africa to submit their nominations for these prestigious awards to recognise outstanding conservation work in their sector.

Click here to download the 2020 Nomination Form PDF


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