Lewa’s Ian Craig given OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016

Ian Craig at Lewa Conservancy
Ian Craig at Lewa Conservancy. Photo: Twitter/USEmbassyKenya

Chief Executive of the Kenya’s Northern Rangelands Trust, Ian Hamish Neville Craig, has been awarded a Queen’s Birthday Honours OBE for services to conservation and security to communities in Kenya.

The father of recently married Jecca Craig appears on the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016 Diplomatic Service and Overseas list which was released today.

Ian Craig has had a long and amazing journey in wildlife conservation which began in 1983 when, along with his father David and Anna Merz, he took over the running of the Ngare Sergoi rhino sanctuary. In doing so, they carved out practises which would ensure the rhinos’ safety and habitat protection.

Ngare Sergoi thrived and was later reinvented as the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 1995, with Ian assuming the role of the Executive Director until 2009. Ian spearheaded the formation of the Northern Rangelands Trust, an umbrella body that supports community conservancies in northern Kenya. He also continues to play his role as Lewa’s Strategic Adviser.

In 2008, Ian was appointed for a three-year-term to the board of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) by the Ministry for Forestry and Wildlife.

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016

Also awarded honours for the Queen’s birthday are singer Rod Stewart who receives a knighthood, astronaut Tim Peake becomes a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to space research and scientific education while “Forces sweetheart” Dame Vera Lynn joins the elite Companions of Honour in recognition of her services to entertainment and charity.

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Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton is made a dame for her services to drama and there are CBEs for England cricket captain Alastair Cook, former footballer Alan Shearer and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter. TV presenters Ant and Dec and actor Brian Blessed will also become OBEs.

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