Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, Dr Larry Hansen, and Miss Xiaoyang Yu, in collaboration with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and the Game Rangers Association of Africa, will present the Rhino Conservation Awards in 2015. This will be the fourth year that these awards will recognize role players involved in rhino protection.
The key to the success of protecting the rhino will lie in the dedication of all the people involved in the fight against rhino poaching in Africa. These people often do selfless and unrecognized work to save our natural heritage that is in danger of being lost forever. Sometimes this happens in the face of physical danger, political opposition and financial constraints. These factors make the contribution of each role player even more worthy of recognition – hence the reason for these awards.
The primary objective of the awards is to give recognition to the winners, runners up and all nominees, and in doing so raise awareness of what is done in the war against rhino poaching thereby providing motivation to involved role players to keep fighting to ensure the rhino’s survival.
The Rhino Conservation Awards will be presented on Monday 27 July 2015 at a Gala Dinner function at Montecasino in Gauteng, South Africa. It will coincide with the celebration of World Ranger Day of 31 July as proclaimed by the IUCN, and will be attended by the Patron, His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, members of the South African Government, high-level dignitaries, Department of Environment Affairs, National Parks, media, sponsors, NGOs and other organizations related to rhino conservation.