This incredible man had an epiphany, changed & saved his soul-by saving the last rhinos and elephants on earth - after having been a poacher. #incredibile #thebest Repost from @lewa_wildlife - We are delighted to announce that one of our hardworking rangers, Kapuna Lepale, popularly known as ‘Nanyuki’, is a winner of the inaugural Paradise Ranger Award! 50 rangers across the continent have received this recognition from the Ali Baba Foundation, and we are so pleased Nanyuki is one of them.
Nanyuki’s story is one of hope and redemption.
He is a former poacher, who after five years of illegally killing wildlife, became overwhelmed by the impact of his activities and decided to turn his life around. With the help of elders, Nanyuki left his life of crime. He joined Lewa 18 years ago as a ranger to atone for his actions and has since become an indispensable member of the team. This award is a crowning moment to honour his dedication to ensuring a future for wildlife.
I have committed my life to making up for what I did. When I decided to change, there was no better way to ‘clean my hands’ than to become a wildlife protector. My family and community, who had ostracised me, are now my biggest champions," he says.
Edward Ndiritu, our Head of Anti-Poaching, says that Nanyuki is fully deserving of this award.
For 18 years now, Nanyuki has been at the forefront of our efforts. He works harder than people half his age, inspires and trains new rangers, and boosts the morale of the team. The Lewa Anti-Poaching Team wouldn’t be what it is today without him." #Ranger #Conservation #Wildlife #LewaWildlifeConservancy #BoranaConservancy #WhyILoveKenya