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Africa has the world's richest wildlife resources; however, wildlife trade is still rampant there although it is illegal. Rangers are the front-line defense against the intense and ever-present risk of poaching in Africa’s critical conservation areas. Every year, many rangers sacrifice their lives fighting against armed thieves and poachers. A survey in 2016 showed that in Africa, 82% of the rangers’ lives were at risk while on duty, and more than 60% of the rangers were directly attacked by poachers. In 2006-2016, at least 1,000 rangers died protecting wildlife.

On July 21, 2017, Jack Ma announced that the Alibaba Foundation together with the Paradise Foundation would set up a ten-year African Ranger Awards program to honor wildlife rangers in Africa.


The African Ranger Awards seek to illuminate the role of rangers in nature conservation and provide them with financial support in their effort to preserve our natural environment. By sharing those real-life stories, this award aims to help stem the current decline in Africa's wildlife populations.

New Rewards Policy:

Starting from 2020,10 African front-line wildlife rangers will be officially recognized each year. Each winner and his/her team will be awarded US$10,000 in total. The grants may support the individual ranger family, professional training, upgrade essential patrol gear, etc.

African Ranger Awards
News & Articles
Chinese foundations honor 10 top rangers in Africa
China’s Jack Ma Foundation, together with the Paradise Foundation, awarded 10 rangers from different African countries for their outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation ...
Conservation heroes honored at 2019 African Ranger Awards
For five years, protecting wild animals and dealing with poachers has been Hoko's job. "I have a passion for my job and I enjoy it. Since a young age, I have been passionate about wildlife," he said ...
Jack Ma Hails Newest Class of African Ranger Awardees
“You use your life to protect wildlife. You’re the real heroes,” Jack Ma said. “All the rangers in the world, your efforts mean a lot to us, to our kids, to our next generations.” ...
Inaugural African Ranger Awards launched in Cape Town
At least 50 rangers working in 17 countries across Africa won the inaugural African Ranger Awards, which were given out on August 7 ...
China's conservation efforts hailed at African Ranger Awards
Africa is the world's richest continent in terms of wildlife, yet this treasure trove of biological diversity has been suffering from rampant ...
Chinese Environmental Organisation Founded by Alibaba boss Jack Ma extends African Ranger Award
The Foundation's Ranger Award Programme, its first overseas initiative, was set up to honour 500 outstanding wildlife rangers in Africa over a period of 10 years with grants and support to expand their work...