The African Elephant Fund is working to ensure a secure future for African elephants and their habitats

The African Elephant Fund is working to ensure a secure future for African elephants and their habitats.


The Amazing World of Elephants documentary from the AEF project in Ghana entitled: Elephant Conservation Through Law Enforcement And Stakeholder Engagement In Mole National Park And Its Corridors.

Educational Awareness documentary entitled:The Amazing World of Elephants. The d ..

Rangers recognized for their selfless efforts in wildlife conservation

Photo Credits: Paradise International Foundation

On 21 July 2017, Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba and co-chair of Paradise International Foundation, announced in Kigali that a 10-year award program would be set up to support 500 wildlife rangers in Africa. The African Ranger Award seeks to raise awareness in the world about the need to conserve Africa’s wildlife, emphasizing the critical role that front-line rangers play in conservation.

UN Environment through the African Elephant Fund Secretariat was privileged and honored to participate as judges that nominated and evaluated one hundred and thirty-eight (138) wildlife rangers. Fifty (50) winners from seventeen (17) African countries were awarded 3,000 United States Dollars each as a token of appreciation for their exceptional passion, commitment and dedication to their duty as wildlife rangers in combating poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal trade in wildlife. Five (5) deceased rangers who lost their lives on the line of duty protecting wildlife were also awarded during the ceremony. The award ceremony took place in Cape Town, South African on 7 August 2018.

Some of the winners for the 2018 ranger award includes:

  • Mr. James Mwenda, who was recognized for taking care of two world's remaining white rhinos at Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya as well as watching over the last male white rhino, Sudan, that died in March 2018.
  • Mr. Julius Kior Kulwa, previously a ranger of Big Life Foundation who was killed by an elephant while on the line of duty.
  • Mr. Craig Williams, who helped reduce rhino poaching in South Africa by 20%.
  • Mr. Fernando Macamero, who evicted illegal miners helping poachers in a Mozambique national park, facing a backlash including from his family, and was later blinded while on duty.
  • Mr. Jeneria Lekilelei, a Kenyan herdsmen working with his peers to convince the local communities not to kill lions.
  • Mr. Nanyuki Lapalee, a Kenyan former poacher now using his bush skills for conservation, and working to reform other poachers.
  • Mr. Voster Mweene, whose team has patrolled 43,000km of a Zambian national park, increasing arrests and convictions of poachers significantly.
  • Mr. Walter Odokorwot, a Uganda community conservation warden at the Kidepo Valley Conservation Area who devised and carried out a successful human-wildlife conflict strategy in Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Ms. Asha Mnkeni, the first female ranger employed by Tanzania's National Parks service .

Please access the full list and details of winners here.