They truly are doing amazing work in fighting crime, protecting endangered species and working with local communities throughout Africa and Asia. Their work is tireless and they keep persevering against the odds. We learnt about rangers losing their lives to fight wildlife crime, about the continual slaughter of wildlife and how the situation is at a critical stage. I hadn’t realised that 300 pangolins are taken from the wild every day… absolutely shocking.
It wasn’t all negative however, and the ‘Conservation Champion 2018’ was announced. There were five shortlisted candidates and the public voted for Surenkhuu Luvsan from Snow Leopard Trust, a Mongolian activist who has dedicated her life to protecting snow leopards. Runners-up were Eric Enyel (Uganda Conservation Foundation), Lesley Karutjaiva (Save the Rhino Trust) and Mamadi Camara (Chimpanzee Conservation Centre), all of whom deserve recognition for their tireless work in protecting endangered species.
To top off the evening, we danced to MOBO award-winner Jamelia! In total, the event raised over £185,000, which is a tremendous amount and I’m sure every penny will be invested to support endangered species.
If you’d like to have more information on how you can support the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation or would like to support endangered species like lions, leopards, tigers, rhinos, elephants, chimpanzees, pangolins, painted dogs and snow leopards by seeing them in their natural habitat, please do contact us It is also well worth watching this short video which has more information about the foundation.
Banner image: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Dame Judi Dench and David Mills: Sam Churchill
Brown Lindiwe Mkhize: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Surenkhuu Luvsan: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Charlie Ross: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Bengal tiger: Russell MacLaughlin