The perilous 1,000-mile journey to save Africa’s endangered black rhinos
28 October 2022
The Southern African Wildlife College is one of the winners of the prestigious Mail & Guardian ‘Greening the Future’ awards.
For the past decade, the Mail & Guardian’s annual flagship, Greening the Future, has celebrated the achievements of South African society in sustaining a healthy planet. The awards recognise and acknowledge individuals and organisations that contribute to innovation in environmental best practice in South Africa.
As a first-time entrant, the college is proud to have been acknowledged for the role it plays in conservation education, training and skills development across the conservation and environmental sector. Fittingly, the college won the newly established award in the category ‘Skills for Sustainability’.
The college, nominated for the 2014 Rhino Conservation Awards in the category “Best Awareness, Education and Fundraising” for rhino protection and conservation, was delighted to be announced the runner-up to SANParks’ Honorary Rangers, Counter Poaching Region, which scooped the top award in the category.
Dr Larry Hansen founded the Rhino Conservation Awards in an effort to create awareness of rhino conservation, while recognising exceptional individuals and organisations for their efforts in protecting Africa’s rhino population.
The awards, sponsored by Barclays Africa Group, are held in collaboration with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco this year accepted the position of patron of the Rhino Conservation Initiative and the Rhino Conservation Awards, which added further stature to the awards.
This is the third year that the dedication of people involved in the battle again rhino poaching is being acknowledged. Nominations were invited from African rhino range states in five categories, namely: Best Field Ranger, Best Conservation Practitioner, Best Political & Judicial Support, Best Science Research & Technology and Best Awareness, Education or Funding.