2022 SES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – Ian Craig
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT FRGS
In 1983 Ian Craig, along with his father and the late Anna Merz, started the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (then called Ngare Sergoi Sanctuary), based in the foothills of Mount Kenya. At the peak of the elephant and rhino poaching epidemic, the rhino sanctuary flourished at a time when few did. The sanctuary is a model and catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes, and the education of neighbouring areas on the value of wildlife.
Ian was Executive Director at Lewa until 2009 and, in 2004, spearheaded the formation of the Northern Rangelands Trust, an umbrella body that supports community conservancies across northern and eastern Kenya. Today the NRT has 33 conservancies that work across 44,000 square kilometres of prime dryland wildlife territory and together help develop, support and fund thousands of people in hundreds of communities.
Ian is a founding board member of both the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Il Ngwesi Group Ranch, and is also on the Big Life Foundation’s Board of Advisors.
Donations can be made via the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy website.