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

The winners, selected by evaluation of the work done over the last 12 months, starting in July 2020 were announced as follows:

 rca 2020 best field ranger

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.

winner Samuel Loware of Uganda Wildlife Authority

 

1 runner up Julius Kaputo of Conservation Lower Zambezi, Zambia.

 

2 runner up Losas Lanamunyi of Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya.

 


rca 2020 best game ranger 

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).

winnerDon English of South African National Parks

 

1 runner up Benson Kanyembo of Conservation South Luangwa, Zambia.

 

2 runner up Albert Smith of South African National Parks, South Africa.

 


rca 2020 best conservation practitioner

BEST CONSERVATION PRACTIONER

Winner: SANParks 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.

winner SANParks Kruger National Park Airwing

 

1 runner up SANParks Marula South (IPZ) Rangers, South Africa.

 

2 runner up Eastern Cape DEDEAT Green Scorpions, South Africa.

 


rca 2020 best conservation supporter

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.

winner Lynne Taylor – The Tashinga Initiative.

 

1 runner up SANParks Environmental Crime Investigators, South Africa.

 

2 runner up WWF South Africa – Wildlife Programme, Southern Africa.

 

RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS 2020

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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