In October 2015 Mara Elephant Project created the Ranger of the Quarter Award to acknowledge rangers that excel in the line of duty including discipline, bravery, community engagement and leadership. Since starting the award, there have been three winners and the most recent recipient is Jackson Koonyi. Jackson won for his exceptional community engagement. He has been instrumental in engaging with communities to stop human-wildlife conflict.
Jackson’s connection with the community comes from the fact that he’s a Narok County native. Before joining the MEP team in February 2012 he worked for our partner, Mara North Conservancy. The Ranger of the Quarter Award comes with a prize; Jackson won a sheath knife and cash prize for his efforts. He also gets a letter of commendation in his personal file.