SANParks celebrates conservation heroes

The SANParks Honorary Rangers wish to congratulate the following people and companies who have been
acknowledged by South African National Parks for their contribution to conservation. They received the
prestigious Kudu award during the 9th annual Kudu awards ceremony held in Pretoria on Friday evening.
Alyssa Carter received the merit award for this year’s Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award
(Individual). This was in recognition of her entrepreneurial spirit and acknowledging that the fight against
rhino poaching requires funding. Seven year old Alyssa is a SANParks Honorary Rangers Rhino Champion. She sells chocolates to help fund a sniffer dog for Kruger National Park gate security.

rangers1LEFT: Alyssa Carter, SANParks Honorary Rangers Rhino Champion, selling a rhino chocolate to SHR Deputy Chairperson Louis Lemmer.
Nampak won the Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award for their investment in developing patentbaboon-proof dustbins that separate recyclable and non-recyclable waste in the Kruger National Park. TheJohannesburg Region of the Honorary Rangers has been instrumental in establishing this project in KrugerNational Park.


Two Kudu awards have been awarded to SANParks Honorary Rangers groups for their contributions. The
Honorary Rangers region of the year award has been awarded to the Virtual region of the Honorary
Rangers for their efforts in nature conservation issues and contribution to SANParks through fundraising
and support of Environmental Education programmes. This region is active on the internet in promoting the
SANParks cause.
The second winner is the SANParks Honorary Rangers Conservation Services National Project and the
UNITRANS / Unite Against Poaching fundraising project, in support of SANParks anti-poaching operations.
The Unite Against Poaching effort has provided 6.5 million rand in support of counter poaching activities in
our national parks.
Congratulations to these and the other worthy recipients of the Kudu awards for 2013.
Dr David Mabunda SANParks CEO said that through these awards people are being honoured for their
meaningful contributions to the protection of the environment through various means which reflects
society’s admirable social responsibility. “This gives meaning to the vision of ‘SANParks Connecting to