Conservation: African rangers feted – The East African

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Some 50 rangers working in 17 countries across Africa won the inaugural African Ranger Awards, which were given out on August 7.

The awards will be given annually for the next 10 years by the Alibaba Foundation and the Paradise Foundation, a Chinese not-for-profit environmental conservation organisation.

At the ceremony held in Cape Town on Tuesday, Alibaba founder Jack Ma said, “Wildlife rangers are Africa’s heroes not just because they protect its endangered species but because in turn that protects jobs and the economy.”

The winners included Asha Mnkeni, the first female ranger employed by Tanzania’s National Parks Service, Craig Williams, who helped reduce rhino poaching in South Africa by 20 per cent, Jeneria Lekilelei, a Kenyan herdsmen working with…

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