NAIROBI (Kenya Wildlife Service) --
Kenya Wildlife Service ranger, Quresh Abdi Guyo
has won the 2018 African Ranger Award, in recognition of 'her
exceptional passion, commitment and dedication'.
Making the announcement, Alibaba Foundation said Guyo has
demonstrated excellence as a wildlife ranger.
Guyo is an investigation assistant based in Isiolo in Kenya’s
Eastern Conservation area.
"The African Ranger Award is given annually to rangers in
Africa who make every effort to combat poaching, habitat loss,
and the illegal wildlife trade.
"It is a prestigious honor that serves to recognize the best
of the best within its ranks", the organizers of the award said
in a statement.
There were fifty finalists in the competition with eighteen
Kenyans making it to the final list.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is a Kenyan state
corporation that was established in 1989 to conserve and manage
It is established under an Act of Parliament Cap 376 (The
Wildlife Conservation and Management (Amendment 1989) Act) with
the mandate to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya, and to
enforce related laws and regulations.
It manages the biodiversity of the country, protecting and
conserving the flora and fauna.
KWS manages most of the National Parks and Reserves in Kenya,
the most popular exception being the Maasai Mara National
Reserve, which is managed by local authorities.
The money collected as entrance fees in the parks is used to
help the conservation of the plants and animals within the
Ten-year award program will support 500
wildlife rangers in Africa