Nominations for the Rhino Conservation Awards 2016 have officially closed, and the organisers are pleased to say that the number of nominations has again exceeded expectations. The organisers thank the many people who have taken the time and effort to nominate a worthy individual, team or organization who they believe deserve recognition in their fight against rhino poaching.
Every year, rhinos remain at peril as a war is waged between passionate conservationists and poaching syndicates driven by human greed. At last year’s Awards ceremony, moving addresses illustrated the depth of the risk, both physical and emotional, that is associated with protecting these majestic animals.
The Awards have been held annually since 2012 and serve to recognise the individuals and organisations that fight to protect Africa’s remaining rhino population. Nominations are invited from African rhino range states, in categories including; 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 Youths category honours youngsters that have taken action against poaching.
Founders Dr Larry Hansen, and Miss Xiaoyang Yu, with sponsors Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, will present the Rhino Conservation Awards 2016 - in collaboration with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) on Monday 11th July 2016 at a gala dinner function at Montecasino, Gauteng.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco serves as the Patron of the Rhino Conservation Awards, being committed to the protection of species dangerously close to extinction.