The winners, selected by evaluation of the work done over the last 12 months, starting in July 2020 were announced as follows:


This must be an employed field ranger who works in the field ensuring the biological and territorial integrity of a protected or conservation area and whose work directly benefits endangered species conservation.

BEST FIELD RANGER | WINNER: Sebenzile Rwexu, Great Fish River Nature Reserve, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, South Africa.

During his 36 years as a field ranger, Sebenzile has seen it all and has developed excellent bushcraft skills during this time. His capability and natural leadership qualities have been used to good effect to mentor young rangers. As a Senior Ranger, Sebenzile leads from the front, maintains high fitness levels and displays steadfast determination using his outstanding tracking skills to ensure he has been directly involved in all arrests made on the reserve in the last 12 months. He continues to set an exceptional example for his peers and despite what the day may throw at him, maintains a smile and a relentless commitment to getting the job done. He is a ranger and leader who deserves recognition.

1st RUNNER UP: Lucrescencia Macuacua, Limpopo National Park, National Administration for Conservation Areas, Mozambique.

2nd RUNNER UP: Samuel Ndlovu, Kruger National Park, South African National Parks, South Africa.


This must be an employed game ranger who works in a management or supervisory position ensuring the biological and territorial integrity of a protected or conservation area and whose work directly benefits endangered species conservation.

BEST GAME RANGER | WINNER: Bryce Clemence, Anti-Poaching Tracking Specialists, Save Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe.

Bryce is the founder of Anti-Poaching Tracking Specialists (ATS) and leads a team of highly skilled rangers and their loyal Belgian Malinois’ dogs who work to ensure the protection and conservation of rhino and other wildlife in the Save Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe. Bryce has been part of training initiatives to upskill rangers in South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Congo, and other parts of Zimbabwe. His leadership, grit and commitment has resulted in his team achieving multiple successes despite trying circumstances.

1st RUNNER UP: Verissimo Fernando, Luengue Luiana National Park, National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation, Angola.

2nd RUNNER UP: Dennis Kelly, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, South Africa.


This must be a team or entity working in a professional capacity on a full-time basis in the field of endangered species conservation with a clear track record of excellence in protected area management, conservation management, counter-poaching operations, biological monitoring or a related conservation field.

BEST CONSERVATION TEAM | WINNER: Niassa Carnivore Project, Mozambique.

Niassa Carnivore Project’s work is as much about people as it is about lions and other carnivores. Their dedicated team carries out amazing work monitoring wildlife, undertaking education and outreach and ultimately benefiting communities and wildlife. Over the past seven years, poaching has declined dramatically, human-wildlife conflict has decreased and wildlife populations have recovered substantially within the Niassa Special Reserve despite the tremendous odds faced.

1st RUNNER UP: Zakouma National Park Rangers, Chad.

2nd RUNNER UP: Big Game Parks, Eswatini.


This must be an individual, team or entity that plays a significant role in supporting endangered species conservation in any field including but not limited to scientific research, awareness, advocacy, education, investigations, prosecutions, judiciary, political support, community relations or fund raising.

BEST CONSERVATION SUPPORTER | WINNER: Environmental and Corporate Investigations, South African National Parks, South Africa.

SANParks ECI have had a significant impact by taking a proactive approach in combating poaching of wildlife. They have been directly or indirectly responsible or involved in the arrests of 89 rhino poachers over the reporting period inside and outside South African National Parks. They continue to provide excellent support and work closely with rangers in the frontlines of conservation.

1st RUNNER UP: Neville Agesa Mise, Diani Turtle Watch - Local Ocean Conservation, Kenya.

2nd RUNNER UP:, South Africa.

In addition to announcing the winners for 2021, Game Rangers' Association of Africa CEO, Andrew Campbell announced an important and exciting change to the official name of the event. From 2022 the Rhino Conservation Awards will be known as The African Conservation Awards - highlighting the need to reflect broader conservation efforts across the entire continent in support of all species.

These awards are hosted annually in collaboration with the Game Rangers' Association of Africa (GRAA) and are made possible with the generous support of sponsors ZEISS and Chinese New Enterprise Investment (CNEI) and are endorsed by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is committed to the protection of endangered species through the support of his Foundation, is the Patron of the Rhino Conservation Awards.

"I would like to extend my warmest thanks to all of those who, thanks to their courage and their determination, allow us to keep our faith and optimism – for the rhino as well as for all the species ill-treated by humanity and which we have a duty today to save.” – HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Press release compiled by Love Africa Marketing.




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