Environmentalists from Rwanda and Colombia Win 2017 National Geographic/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation: Award Honors Conservationists Olivier Nsengimana and Rosamira Guillen

Rosamira Guillen, executive director of Fundación Proyecto Tití, an organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of Colombia’s cotton-top tamarin, is the 2017 winner of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Latin American Conservation. Dr. Olivier Nsengimana, a veterinarian and founder of the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association, is this year’s recipient of the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation.

Guillen and Nsengimana received their $25,000 awards at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 14, during National Geographic’s first-ever Explorers Festival, a celebration of exploration bringing together the most fascinating and innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers to share—with one another, and with the world—how their discoveries and ideas are creating change for the better.

Established through a gift from The Howard G. Buffett Foundation in 2002 to celebrate and recognize unsung conservation heroes working in the field, the National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation is given each year to two outstanding conservationists, one in Latin America and one in Africa. The award acknowledges the winners’ remarkable work and lifetime contributions that further the understanding and practice of conservation in their countries.

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