A Nigerian, Suleiman Saidu, has won the 2021 Wildlife Ranger Award worth £30,000 at the yearly prestigious Tusk Conservation Awards.
Saidu was first employed by the Nigeria National Park Service in 1999 as a park ranger, before progressing through the ranks to become a Senior Game Guard Ranger at the Yankari National Park.His work, was to monitor elephant populations, combat poaching and help mitigate human-elephant conflict. He essentially not only had to protect the endangered species, but to maintain the rich biodiversity of their environment.
Saidu’s commitment, hard work, and tenacity earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and his community, before he received the international recognition of The Nick Maughan Foundation the official sponsor of the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, this award, believes
that recognising the unsung heroes of today will inspire the conservationist leaders of tomorrow.
Founder of the Nick Maughan Foundation and Board Member of Tusk, Nick Maughan, said: “There are times when it is important to single out the work of one individual to serve as an example for others who contribute to conservation, or who might want to contribute to conservation in the future.” The foundation was established in 2020 to further a range of philanthropic initiatives in education, the environment and civic support schemes for disenfranchised communities. #congratulations #kfm929