Four African conservation heroes have won awards at the UK charity Whitley Fund for Nature’s awards which support grass-root conservationists from the global south who are leading impactful projects in their home countries. The African News Agency reports that this year’s top gold award of £100,000 (just under N$ 2 million) in project funding was awarded to Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu for her outstanding leadership of Africa’s conservation movement and support of her outstanding work to secure justice for wildlife and citizens in the fight against ivory trafficking and habitat destruction. The other three, Lucy Kemp from South Africa, Iroro Tanshi from Nigeria, and Sammy Safari from Kenya were awarded £40,000 (just under N$ 800 000) in project funding.