In recent years, many of Africa’s most iconic wildlife species have been in precipitous decline due to poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal wildlife trade. Rangers, they operate in extreme environments, and in their efforts to protect the natural heritage, face incredible risks and threats.Their endeavors should be recognized and achievements be celebrated.
On July 21st of 2017, Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba and co-chair of Paradise International Foundation, announced in Kigali that a 10-year award program would be set up to support 500 wildlife rangers in Africa.
The word Ranger is often used as a general term to collectively refer to all frontline staff. It is inclusive of wildlife wardens, forest guards, foresters, rangers, scouts, watchers and other frontline field staff working on wildlife, habitat and natural resource protection.
The Paradise Ranger Award seeks to raise awareness in the world about the need to conserve Africa’s wildlife, emphasizing the critical role that front-line rangers play in conservation. By sharing those real-life stories , this award aims to help stem the current decline in populations of Africa’s wildlife.
The Paradise Ranger Award will be presented annually, to a maximum of 50 African rangers who have been working in any form of protected areas on protection of African wildlife.
Each recipient will receive a grant of US$3,000. The recipients will not only represent themselves, but also the success and challenge of the conservation projects behind.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
The recipients must be citizens of an African country, and will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Threats and challenges overcome
- Impact, commitment & dedication
- Leadership & inspiration
- Length of service
How to Nominate
Nomination can be made by any person or organization who have a direct understanding of the nature of work undertaken by the recipients. The nomination must also be endorsed by the organization for which the recipient works. All nominations will be submitted to the judging panel, featured by experienced experts in African conservation.
Please click to download the Nomination Form. Supporting documents can be any image/video relevant to the nominee’s work. Completed nomination form and supporting documents need to be email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline is 1st April, 2018.
Any enquiries, please contact: email@example.com.
Paradise International Foundation is a Chinese conservation foundation now led by co-chairmen Jack Ma and Pony Ma. The foundation honors cooperation and expands its conservation projects globally in regions of high conservation value.
Alibaba Foundation is a philanthropy initiative by Alibaba Group, with a mission to promote sustainable development among people, society and nature.