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UNSUNG HEROES RECOGNIZED AT RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS 2018

DESERVING WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Johannesburg, 25 August 2018: At a formal ceremony in Johannesburg last night, hosted by the Game Rangers' Association of Africa, The Department of Environmental Affairs, Carl Zeiss AG and China New Enterprises Inc, the winners of the 2018 Rhino Conservation Awards were announced.

The awards are hosted under the patronage of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, who delivered a video message commending all of the nominees for their contribution to the struggle. Dignitaries that attended included representatives from the embassies of Canada, France, Malawi, Taiwan, United Kingdom and rangers from across 14 different African countries.

The Rhino Conservation Awards has been a tradition in South Africa since its inception in 2011. Conservation practitioners have come to work towards this remarkable recognition, as hundreds of nominations are received every year.

The 2018 awards were awarded as follows:

SPECIAL AWARD FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES CONSERVATION

1. André Botha
2. Amos Gwema (Zimbabwe)
3. Ghislain Somba Alhadji – (DRC)

POLITICAL, INVESTIGATIVE & JUDICIAL SUPPORT

1. SANParks Environmental Crime Investigators (ECI)
2. Bhiza Herman Dlamini (Swaziland)

RHINO CONSERVATION SUPPORTER

1. Sam Taylor and Pete Newland (Kenya)
2. Bruce McDonald
3. Marianne de Kock

FIELD RANGER

1. Frans Nhlongo
2. Derek Maluleke
3. Mpho (Poster) Malongwa (Botswana)
3. Benny Jealous Ngobeni

CONSERVATION PRACTITIONER

1. Anti-Poaching Tracking Specialists & the Special Species Protection Unit (Zimbabwe)
2. Marius Snyders
3. &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Founder of the Rhino Conservation Awards, Dr Larry Hansen explained: "The Rhino Conservation Awards has generated interest across Africa as these prestigious awards recognize both the tenacity of those on the ground, and the innovations and new approaches employed by those involved in significant aspects of this struggle."

"It is my deepest hope that this recognition encourages both the winners and nominees to continue the remarkable work that is being done to save the rhino across the continent," said Andrew Campbell, Game Rangers' Association of Africa Chief Executive Officer.

The Rhino Conservation Awards is sponsored by Zeiss and China New Enterprises Inc.

ENDS

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Jenny Griesel
Jenny Griesel Communications
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