Ol Pejeta continues to lead in the conservation world both by our model of operation and through the dedicated staff that work hard every day to ensure the health and safety of our wildlife. This month we are super proud to shine a light on two of our rangers who are getting recognition worldwide because of their exemplary work in conservation.
Simon Irungu who heads our Rapid response team with the K-9 unit is the happy recipient of the African Rangers Award. The awards seek to raise awareness in the world about the need to conserve Africa's wildlife, emphasising 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 Africa's wildlife populations. This year’s awards ceremony was held in Ghana where the attendees got to let the world know what their role in conservation is. Simon’s team is in charge of responding to any signs of intrusion on the fence line and in the community around us making his work crucial to the safety and growth of our rhino population. Congratulations Simon, we are proud to have you as part of the team.
We were also recognised by the prestigious Siddle-Marsden Award which is normally presented to an African staff member of a Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) sanctuary who has shown commitment to primates, conservation, and excellence. This year, the award has been scooped by our very own Joseph Maiyo, supervisor at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary!
Maiyo has been part of the Ol Pejeta family for 26 years and is one of our longest-serving chimpanzee caretakers. He oversees the care of 37 chimpanzees and provides exemplary leadership to our 17 caretakers at Sweetwaters. Congratulations Joseph and keep inspiring many through your work.