Nominations have officially opened for the annual Rhino Conservation Awards to celebrate our rhino conservation heroes.
A relentless war is currently being waged between organised crime syndicates intent on eradicating Africa’s remaining rhino, and those passionate conservationists who seek to protect them. At last year’s awards ceremony, moving accounts of the incredible physical and emotional toil associated with protecting these majestic animals were shared.
The awards have been held annually since 2012 and serve to recognise significant the role players in rhino conservation. Nominations are invited from all African rhino range states, in the following categories: Best Field Ranger, Best Conservation Practitioner, Best Political and Judicial Support, Best Science Research and Technology, and Best Awareness, Education or Funding. The additional Special Youth category honours youngsters who have taken action against poaching.
Founders Dr Larry Hansen, and Miss Xiaoyang Yu, with sponsors Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, in collaboration with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and the Game Rangers Association of Africa, will present the Rhino Conservation Awards in 2016. Prince Albert II of Monaco serves as the patron of the awards.
For more information, visit www.rhinoconservationawards.org.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Currint Events.