Today, The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) announced our own Elvis Kisimir as one of this year’s Disney Conservation Heroes. Elvis was recognized for his passion and dedication to protecting wildlife and wild places in Tanzania, East Africa.
Elvis was nominated by the African People & Wildlife Fund for his role in the prevention of lion – livestock conflict on the Maasai Steppe. As the head program officer for our big cats conflict prevention team, he successfully leads several programs that benefit the lives of community members and the local wildlife. Due to Elvis’s hard work, especially with our unique Living Walls program, livestock depredation in the area has decreased steadily since 2010, and lion numbers are starting to recover. He is one of only fourteen award recipients this year. As a recipient, he will receive a medal, a certificate, and a cash award to be shared between himself and the organization.
Executive director, Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld, commented, saying “Elvis is a true community-based conservationist. Over the years, I have watched him grow from a young apprentice to a skilled and confident leader of our big cats conflict prevention program. I am very proud of him today,” Elvis’s award will play a key role in the advancement of our big cats conflict prevention programs, currently expanding to the northwest of Tarangire National Park.We would like to take this opportunity to thank Elvis for his incredible achievements, his attitude, and his unwavering determination to protect lions and people alike. It is people like you that make our work meaningful, and we could not be where we are today without you.