Shout about these extraordinary people, and the tireless work they do to protect our most vulnerable animals.
This award gives international recognition to the men and women who face danger every day to protect Africa’s wildlife. Rangers often work for little reward, risking and regularly losing their lives to protect the world’s wildlife and its fragile ecosystems.
This is only the second year of this award, which is generously sponsored by a private US Foundation. The winner will receive a grant of £10,000 and a specially made bronze medal.
Last year’s winner was Manuel Sacaia from Angola. Manuel of the Kissama Foundation in Angola has faced armed soldiers, poachers, steel-jawed traps and even a hungry lion in a life spent protecting Angola’s iconic giant sable antelope. Born in the Luanda Reserve – the sable’s last wilderness refuge – Manuel has been instrumental in the protection of the species since he was a teenager, over fifty years ago. He has stayed committed through the country’s civil war and consequent heaving poaching episodes and as a direct result the giant sable antelope is neither extinct nor beyond the point of recovery.
Watch the video below to hear Manuel’s story.