Tusk Conservation Awards 2021

Celebrate Africa’s conservation leaders #ForAllTheyDo

Tusk Conservation Awards Ceremony 2021

Monday 22nd November

British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank, London SE1 8XT

Now in its ninth year, the Awards ceremony will return as a face to face event at the BFI Southbank in London hosted by Kate Silverton. Five of Africa’s conservation luminaries will be honoured #ForAllTheyDo to advance conservation.

6pm: Doors open, champagne & canapés
7:30-8:30pm: Awards ceremony
Dress code: Cocktail & suits
Ticket Price – £75

Endangered since the 1970’s, the Grevy's zebra has a global population of just 2,000 – surviving only in a few protected areas.


Announcing the shortlist for the 2021 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, Charlie Mayhew, Tusk Trust CEO said:

“The last 18 months have been extremely challenging for everyone, but none more so than those living in the developing world. Covid-19 has been particularly devastating to the economies of Africa, where international travel restrictions have brought the wildlife and tourism industries to their knees. With COP26 bringing the future of the natural world to the very front of our minds, there is no better time to celebrate those at the forefront of efforts to protect it. I am very pleased today to reveal the three exceptional finalists for this year’s Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa.”

Find out more about each of our finalists by clicking on their names above or:

Read the Tusk Award finalist announcement here. 

Read more about the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa here.


The Tusk Conservation Awards, in partnership with Ninety-One, celebrate African-based conservation leaders and wildlife rangers, and their significant impacts in the field.

Their work with wildlife and communities in Africa safeguards the future for us all.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Tusk’s Royal Patron says “These awards which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa’s precious wildlife for its people.  It is vital that we recognise the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation’s frontline. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

Now in its ninth year, the 2021 Tusk Awards ceremony will be held at the British Film Institute in London on Monday 22nd November, 2021 from 6pm GMT.  Watch the video and relive the excitement of the 2020 virtual award ceremony.

The Awards

Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

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Sponsored by Ninety One, this is a lifetime achievement award, given to a distinguished individual for their outstanding dedication and exceptional continued contribution to conservation in Africa. The winner will be announced during the ceremony and will receive a grant of £100,000 towards their work.

Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa

Land Rover

Sponsored by Land Rover, this is for an individual who is judged to be an emerging leading conservationist, in recognition of their outstanding success shown in their chosen field. The three finalists are previewed on the following pages. The winner will be announced during the ceremony and will receive a grant of £75,000 towards their work. The two finalists will each receive a grant of £20,000, one of which has been sponsored by EJF Philanthropies.

Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award

Nick Maughan Foundation

This award gives international recognition to the dedication and commitment of an individual who works in the field to protect Africa’s wildlife. The award is being sponsored by The Nick Maughan Foundation. The winner will be announced during the ceremony and will receive a grant of £30,000 towards their work.

Congratulations to the Tusk Conservation Award Winnners 2020


Hipólito Lima
São Tomé and Príncipe
Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

Amos Gwema
Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award

John Kamanga
Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa

Black rhinos have existed on earth for 50 million years. Today, there are under 6,000 remaining.


There are lots of ways that you can show your support for the awards. What can you do?

  • Will you share this site with your friends and family?
  • Will you donate to Tusk, and help to ensure that more conservationists in Africa receive funding?
  • Will you learn more about conservation issues like the Illegal Wildlife Trade, by visiting Tusk.org?

Whatever you can do, please do it now, and help us to thank them #ForAllTheyDo




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The African lion now occupies less than 5% of its historic range, with a global population of under 25,000 remaining in the wild.


Without our partners, there would be no awards. Each year, they give of their time and resources to make sure that we can continue to recognise, inspire and encourage conservationists in Africa, for all the work that they do. They also go the extra mile to make sure that our finalists and winners have the once in a lifetime experience, they deserve. Please take the time to visit our partner pages and find out how they contribute to making each year bigger and better.

Mountain gorillas have endured decades of war, poaching, habitat destruction and disease. Today, there are about 1,063 left in the wild.


Our judging panel features some of the leading conservation figures working in Africa today. They are all experts in their fields, with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of African conservationists


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Many thanks to David Yarrow,
Tusk’s official photographer for use of his wonderful work.

Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge, KG KT

The Tusk Conservation Awards are an initiative of Tusk.

Tusk Trust Limited is a charity registered in England and Wales, No: 1186533, and a company registered in England and Wales, No: 11948023.

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