Shout about these extraordinary people, and the tireless work they do to protect our most vulnerable animals.
This award is given to an individual who has been judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist in recognition of their outstanding contribution to, and considerable success, in their chosen field. The award is sponsored by Land Rover. The three finalists are present at the Awards Ceremony, with the winner being announced on the night, who will receive a beautiful trophy, as well as a grant of £20,000. The two runners up each receive a grant of £7,500.
Last year’s winner was Cathy Dreyer, from South Africa. Cathy started her career over 17 years ago with South African National Parks as a conservation student where she assisted with the capture and boma training of black rhino. This became a turning point in her life as she developed a deep, lifelong passion for the species, which has shaped her career in conservation. She currently manages South Africa’s second largest population of black rhino and has been responsible during the heightened poaching pressure, for relocating animals to form new breeding groups. Cathy’s success has been totally through her own efforts and as a woman she has had far greater challenges than most. Cathy is a clear example of the commitment and future of young African leadership in Conservation in Africa
Watch the video below to hear Cathy’s story.
This award is generously sponsored by