Thai Van Nguyen

Thai Van Nguyen

Asia 2021 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Vietnam
  • Wildlife Protection

Thai Van Nguyen founded Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, which rescued 1,540 pangolins from the illegal wildlife trade between 2014 and 2020, and he established Vietnam’s first anti-poaching unit, which, since 2018, has destroyed 9,701 animal traps and dismantled 775 illegal camps.

Ana Colovic Lesoska

Europe 2019 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • North Macedonia
  • Wildlife Protection

Ana Colovic Lesoska led a seven-year campaign to cut off international funding for two large hydropower plants planned for inside Mavrovo National Park—North Macedonia’s oldest and largest national park—thereby protecting the habitat of the nearly-extinct Balkan lynx.

Bayarjargal Agvaantseren

Asia 2019 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Mongolia
  • Wildlife Protection

Bayarjargal Agvaantseren helped create the 1.8 million-acre Tost Tosonbumba Nature Reserve in the South Gobi Desert—a critical habitat for the vulnerable snow leopard—in April 2016, then succeeded in persuading the Mongolian government to cancel all mining licenses within the reserve.

Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

Africa 2017 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Wildlife Protection

Putting his life on the line, Rodrigue Katembo went undercover to document and release information about bribery and corruption in the quest to drill for oil in Virunga National Park, resulting in public outrage that forced the company to withdraw from the project.

Raoul du Toit

Africa 2011 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Zimbabwe
  • Wildlife Protection

Raoul du Toit coordinated conservation initiatives that have helped develop and maintain the largest remaining black rhino populations in Zimbabwe.

Sereivathana Tuy

Asia 2010 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Cambodia
  • Wildlife Protection

Tuy Sereivathana introduced innovative low-cost solutions to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Cambodia, empowering local communities to cooperatively participate in endangered Asian elephant conservation.

Randall Arauz

South and Central America 2010 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Costa Rica
  • Wildlife Protection

Drawing international attention to the inhumane and environmentally catastrophic shark finning industry, Randall Arauz led the campaign to halt the practice in Costa Rica, making his country an international model for shark protection.

Hammerskjoeld Simwinga

Africa 2007 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Zambia
  • Wildlife Protection

In an area where illegal wildlife poaching decimated the wild elephant population and left villagers living in extreme poverty, Hammer Simwinga created an innovative program that successfully restored wildlife and transformed the poverty-stricken area.

Corneille Ewango

Africa 2005 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Wildlife Protection

As chief botanist of the Okapi Faunal Reserve, Corneille Ewango stayed during the civil war to protect the reserve’s rare animals and plants and confronted military commanders to stop poaching.

Eugène Rutagarama

Africa 2001 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Rwanda
  • Wildlife Protection

A conservationist, Eugène Rutagarama risked his life to save 355 of the world’s last 650 mountain gorillas that were threatened by Rwanda’s war and massacres in the 1990s. He helped rebuild the national parks system and protect gorilla habitat.

Anna Giordano

Europe 1998 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Italy
  • Wildlife Protection

Anna Giordano launched a campaign to save raptors being illegally shot for sport in her native Sicily. Despite violent threats and the firebombing of her car, Giordano’s efforts significantly reduced the number of birds killed.

Margaret Jacobsohn & Garth Owen-Smith

Africa 1993 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Namibia
  • Wildlife Protection

Garth Owen-Smith and Margaret Jacobsohn pioneered a natural resource management program that links Namibian wildlife conservation to sustainable rural development, and has since become a model for wildlife conservation throughout Africa.

Samuel LaBudde

North America 1991 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • United States
  • Wildlife Protection

Samuel LaBudde's films documenting the slaughter of dolphins by tuna fishing boats and the destruction of marine life by driftnet fleets led to dolphin-safe tuna and a UN ban on driftnets.

Michael Werikhe

Africa 1990 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Kenya
  • Wildlife Protection

Kenya’s “Rhino Man” walked thousands of miles in East Africa, Europe and North America to raise public awareness and money for the endangered black rhinoceros.

Nick Carter

Africa 1997 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Zambia
  • Wildlife Protection

Using sparse resources, Nick Carter brought together six African countries to create the world’s first multinational enforcement body to fight rampant illegal wildlife trafficking.

Ndyakira Amooti

Africa 1996 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Uganda
  • Wildlife Protection

The only journalist in Uganda reporting on environmental issues at the time, Ndyakira Amooti exposed abuses at great risk, including illegal mining and wildlife smuggling in East Africa, which led to the creation of several national parks.

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