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TOP 100 YOUNG AFRICAN CONSERVATION LEADERS

One hundred youth from 23 countries in Africa have been recognised as the top youth leaders in conservation in the continent, and the EWT is excited and extremely proud that two of our own, Cole Du Plessis and Oscar Mohale, are on this coveted list.

The exceptional top 100 young leaders are advocating and creating a huge positive impact in sustainable agriculture & food security, forest and land restoration, ocean protection, wildlife conservation, waste management, clean energy access and research, education and awareness.

The first-ever Top 100 young African conservation leaders list is a collaboration between the Africa Alliance of YMCAs, World Organization of the Scout Movement, African Wildlife Foundation and WWF to empower the efforts of young, talented Africans and inspire other youth in leading the way to ensure nature and people will thrive for generations to come.

In addition to being recognised in the first-ever publication of its kind, the shortlisted Top 100 young  African conservation leaders will be the beneficiaries of a bespoke one-year leadership development programme that will mentor them with systems thinking and practical skills to scale-up their initiatives.

Join us in celebrating and recognising the work of these 100 young African leaders by amplifying their voice and spreading their stories!

COLE DU PLESSIS

CATEGORY

Wildlife

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Endangered Wildlife Trust

Cole builds relationships to facilitate Wild Dog conservation at scales ranging from local communities to NGOs operating across Africa. When reintroducing Wild Dogs, he incorporates activities that facilitate awareness, education, tourism, and local economic development. He works with reserve managers to coordinate reintroductions and ensure genetic diversity is maintained. To support collaborative conservation, he spearheads formal relationships with regional and international stakeholders. During his leadership, safe space for Wild Dogs has almost doubled in South Africa (surpassing one million hectares). In Gorongosa National Park alone, the Wild Dog population has increased from zero in 2017 to 94 in 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/cole.wildlifeact?_rdc=1&_rdr

https://top100youth.africa/portfolio_page/cole-du-plessis/

OSCAR MOHALE

CATEGORY

Education and Awareness

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Endangered Wildlife Trust

Oscar has worked with the EWT/Eskom strategic partnership colleagues on wildlife incidents recorded in the central incident database, ensuring unsafe distribution and transmission power lines are mitigated using innovative Key Performance Indicators. Oscar’s work has involved working with colleagues to find solutions for birds excavating and damaging wooden electrical poles as well as find solutions for preventing bird-caused electrical faults on Transmission lines.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/oscar-mohale/

https://top100youth.africa/portfolio_page/oscar-mohale/

PICTURING PANGOLINS COMPETITION

The EWT put out a “Picturing Pangolins” competition in February to raise awareness about pangolins and the threats they face. Here are some of the winning entries we received:

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