One of the best parts of my job with the African Wildlife Foundation is working with the people at the forefront of conservation in Africa. Hearing story after story about poaching can become upsetting after a while, so I love hearing and sharing stories about success. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a short post about Ugandan women who were recognized for their work for the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on the AWF blog.
One of the main things that struck me when I started my research was how each of these ladies have such full-on jobs. From a vet who stares unflinchingly into the eyes of a lion, to a ranger who hikes mile after mile to keep her park's animals safe from the threat of poachers, to bright smiling faces who represent and promote their beautiful country to an international audience, each of these women have thrown themselves into roles that are much more than a career; it's a lifestyle. On top of this, many of them are mothers who go home and take care of their families, which is arguably, a full-time job in and of itself. It's great to see the UWA honoring them for their achievements.