He was speaking at the African Ranger Awards Ceremony at the Westin Hotel in the city yesterday.
The awards, a brainchild of the Paradise International Foundation of which Ma is co-chairperson, seeks to raise awareness of the need to conserve Africa’s wildlife, emphasising the critical role that front line rangers play in conservation.
The awards recognised the contribution of 50 African rangers who have been doing exemplary work in their field. Two were South Africa’s Craig Jake Williams of Kruger National Park and Hans Makatu of Mapungubwe National Park.
Ma said rangers were heroes, protectors and job creators.