February 14, 2013
In honor of Valentine’s Day we are showcasing photos of Goldman Prize winners showing their love for the amazing wildlife they work hard to protect.
2010 Prize recipient Tuy Sereivathana, known as “Uncle Elephant,” introduced innovative low-cost solutions to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Cambodia, empowering local communities to cooperatively participate in endangered Asian elephant conservation.
2011 Prize recipient Raoul du Toit coordinated conservation initiatives that helped to develop and maintain the largest remaining black rhino populations in Zimbabwe.
1990 Prize recipient Michael Werikhe (d. 1999), fondly known as “The Rhino Man,” was a lifelong protector of animals. Werikhe walked thousands of miles on several continents to educate people around the world about the plight of the rhinoceros.
2001 Prize recipient Euguene Rutagarama works for the International Gorilla Conservation Program, rebuilding ecotourism, monitoring Uganda’s mountain gorilla populations and building relationships with communities near the parks.
2005 Goldman Prize recipient Corneille Ewango displayed immense courage when he refused to flee the Okapi Reserve in the Ituri forest at the start of DRC’s civil war. He was the last senior staff member to stay behind to protect the reserve and its splendid flora and fauna, including the rare Okapi forest giraffe.
Orri Vigfusson won the Goldman Prize in 2007 for his efforts to protect dwindling wild salmon populations from over fishing.
Randall Arauz won the Prize in 2010 for his efforts to raise awareness about shark finning, close loopholes that allow it to flourish and advocate for stricter policies to protect endangered marine wildlife.