Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) news presenter Rumbidzai Takawira has been appointed the first-ever Southern African ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
IFAW is one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world, and it works to rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, preserve habitat, and advocate for greater protection.
Takawira joins other IFAW global ambassadors including Jane Goodall and renowned actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Minka Kelly as well as German-Austrian Formula E racing driver Maximilian Günther.
She expressed excitement following her appointment as regional IFAW ambassador saying this will enable her to have an impact in protecting the planet. Said Takawira:
I am privileged and thrilled to be part of the IFAW family adding my voice to the Room to Roam initiative and the work the organisation has been doing across Zimbabwe, the continent and the Globe.
This appointment is the first of its kind in Africa and being the first IFAW Ambassador representing Southern Africa, this opportunity will provide a platform to tell our African conservation stories against the backdrop of IFAW’s sterling work on the continent.
It is such an honour to be joining the ranks of IFAW’s Ambassadors from across the globe and it goes to show that each of us can make an impact in our personal areas of interest towards protecting our planet.
Together, if we use our voices and influence, we can help make the world a better place.
Director of IFAW’s Landscape Conservation Programme, Phillip Kuvawoga said:
She will lend her voice to support our pioneering Room to Roam Initiative, connecting secure landscapes for wildlife and people to thrive together in Africa.
We’re looking forward to introducing Rumbi to our projects starting right here in Zimbabwe where Rumbi’s vibrant and professional panache will be put to great use in profiling our conservation work and footprint.