Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2013

Ian Craig and his organization the Northern Rangeland Trust are featured in Leonardo DiCaprio's epic documentary thriller The Ivory Game. This film goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking. Award‐winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award–nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months in China and Africa with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough‐as‐nails conservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking.

    This description of Ian Craig's work was prepared when Ian Craig was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
    Community-based conservation is taking hold in East Africa. Groups of once-warring pastoralists have embraced wildlife conservation and are organizing their communally held lands as private conservancies. In a model developed by Kenyan Ian Craig, these democratically governed conservancies are funded through a blend of philanthropic, government, and earned-income sources and—as their numbers grow—are transforming lives, securing peace, and conserving natural resources across the continent.
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