2014 IRF Award Winners
The International Ranger Federation, with its partners The Thin Green Line Foundation and the IUCN, are proud to make available these rangers/conservation awards to recognise the passion, dedication and inspiration of so many park rangers and frontline conservationists.
Dr. Jane Goodall Hope and Inspiration Ranger Award
Luigi Eybrecht of Bonaire received the award for overcoming significant personal and family issues, and never losing touch with his connection to nature. He rose from being in a boys’ home to being a full-time ranger, spending his time educating junior rangers and protecting his beloved Boniare’s marine ecosystem.
IRF Lifetime Achievement Award
Jean-Pierre Jobogo Mirindi of the Democratic Republic of Congo received the award for his lifelong dedication to the protection of nature and of his fellow rangers and families throughout the DRC’s difficult and dangerous conflicts. He has been shot and had rangers killed next to him but he has never wavered in his commitment to conservation.
Ramesh Kumar Thapa (Nepal)
Robert (Bob) Reid (UK)
Gerardo L. Ledesma (Philippines)
Stephan Bognar (Cambodia)
Gordon Miller (UK)
Young Conservationist Award
Tiwonge Mzmara of Malawi received the award for her dedication to bird research and and community education under challenging cultural and financial situations.
Max Jenes of Tanzania received the award for his tireless and brave work protecting elephants and communities via his community-based anti-poaching operations.
More information on each award (PDF):