2024 Whitley Awards: Meet the shortlist

Introducing this year's top 15 applicants

Every year we recognise up to six grassroots conservationists with Whitley Awards, our flagship prize which provides winners with funding, training and increased profile.

Following a global search, we received 100 applications from exceptional conservationists across the Global South. The applicant pool represented a range of projects benefitting wildlife, landscapes and people, with inspiring individuals who combine the latest science with tenacious leadership and a collaborative approach.

We are delighted to announce that after a comprehensive assessment, the top 15 candidates have been identified. They are:

1.  Fernanda Abra of IPÊ – Institute for Ecological Research in Brazil

Building canopy bridges to allow safe road crossings for threatened primates in the Amazon

2. Abdulai Dauda of the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone

Improving the status of Timneh parrots in the Yawri Bay Marine Protected Area

3. Kuenzang Dorji of Royal Society for Protection of Nature in Bhutan

Empowering communities to conserve endangered langurs

4. Muhammad Hanif of the Indonesian Rhino Initiative in Sumatra

Locally-led reforestation to help Critically Endangered wildlife in the Way Kambas National Park

5. Leroy Ignacio of South Rupununi Conservation Society in Guyana

Strengthening community-based conservation of the Endangered Red Siskin

6. Naomi Longa of Sea Women of Melanesia Inc. in Papua New Guinea

Developing marine protected areas for the Kimbe coral reef

7. Flavia Miranda of Instituto de Pesquisa e Conservação de Tamanduás do Brasil (Institute for research and conservation of Brazilians anteaters) in Brazil

Safeguarding the elusive silky anteater and its mangrove habitat in northeastern Brazil

8. Madhushri Mudke of ATREE, Bengaluru in India

Conserving the lesser-known dancing frog through research, habitat protection and public participation

9. Veronicah Ngumbau of Nature Kenya

Scaling up locally-led conservation to safeguard threatened plants in Kilifi, Kenya

10. Alice Reisfield of SAVE Brasil – Society for the Conservation of Birds in Brazil

Rewilding the Atlantic Forest to save the Black-fronted Piping-guan

11. Raju Sharma of Friends of Nature in Nepal

Implementing an owl conservation action plan in Central Nepal

12. Daniek Sulistyo of the Centre for Orangutan Protection in Indonesia

Protecting the Bornean orangutan and its forest home through community engagement

13. Aristide Takoukam Kamla of the African Marine Mammal Conservation Organisation in Cameroon

Restoring freshwater habitat for African manatees while improving livelihoods in Lake Ossa

14. Nur Febriani Wardi of Alam Sehat Lestari Foundation in Borneo

Monitoring and evaluating wildlife habitat in decades-old reforested areas

15. Gideon Zege of Bees for Development Ghana

Transforming honey hunters into sustainable beekeepers in Ghana

We are currently conducting rigorous due diligence on the shortlisted candidates, following which our expert Judging Panel will select finalists to be invited for face-to-face interviews. Those successful will go on to become the 2024 Whitley Award winners.

The winners of this year’s Whitley Awards will be announced live in London on Wednesday 1 May. Stay tuned for a link to the livestream!

Congratulations to all the shortlisted candidates for making it to this stage.