Amos Gwema - Zimbabwe | Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award Winner 2020

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Amos Gwema
Zimbabwe

Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award Winner 2020

A dedicated, diligent, hard-working, individual who has changed the way intelligence work contributes to the protection of Zimbabwes wildlife. Over the last 15 years he has convicted the highest number of poachers of any officer in the parks authority, all of whom are currently serving prison time.

What I started with were the four pillars of conservation: community, intelligence, law and justice.

His greatest achievement has been the massive reduction in elephant poaching in Hwange National Park. This 14,500 km2 reserve is home to 35,000 elephants with fewer than 50 active rangers, however through Amos’ work poached elephant numbers have declined from over 300 in 2013 to 25 in 2019.

Rehabilitation should be both to the human beings and to the animals if we want to succeed.

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