World Female Ranger Award
This award gives international recognition to a female ranger who has shown exemplary service and commitment to conservation, dedication to teamwork and is passionate about protecting wildlife and wild spaces.
We award a grant to the winning recipient and their team.
Closing date for nominations: 30th August 2022
Our first recipient was...
Caren Yegon Cheptoo.
A Maasai woman and a female wildlife ranger employed by the Mara Elephant Project (MEP).
She was noted as a "top 1%" recruit and is now leading the Sheldrick Trust Mau De-Snaring Unit in the Mau Forest in Kenya to combat illegal logging and bushmeat poaching. Since June 2020, Caren's team have arrested 90 suspects for unlawful habitat destruction, destroyed 17 kilns, confiscated 56 bags of charcoal and 4,311 illegal posts, trees or timbers. They've also arrested eight suspects for bushmeat poaching and removed 182 snares and seized 39 kg of bushmeat.
"MEP is extremely honored that Caren is the inaugural recipient of the World Female Ranger Award. Caren alongside the entire MEP ranger team all received an end-of-year bonus for this accolade. Thank you to World Female Ranger Week for acknowledging our rangers important work." Marc Goss, CEO.