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Dickson Kaelo

Finalist of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, 2018


Dickson’s passion is working with communities and landowners to conserve and benefit from wildlife conservation.

He leads the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), a national umbrella body, dedicated to uniting the dynamic and diverse voices of wildlife conservancies in the country. KWCA’s mission is to work with landowners and communities to sustainably conserve and manage wildlife and their habitat outside formal protected areas for the benefit of the people of Kenya.

More than 100 conservancies are members of the organisation. Occupying a total of approximately 6.46 million hectares of wildlife conservation land across the country, through their membership the conservancies directly impact over 700,000 households

KWCA has produced a series of conservation tools to support conservancy growth and harmonise management of conservancies. Dickson’s leadership has encouraged and facilitated networking among conservancy stakeholders in the country to share insights and best practices. To this end, KWCA has launched a number of forums including the Conservancy Managers’ Conference and the National Rangers Meeting.

Beyond KWCA, Dickson is a leader and mentor for Kenyan conservation, giving tirelessly of his time to the governance of other organisations and mentoring rising conservation leaders in Kenya. He is an Honorary Warden for the Kenya Wildlife Service and has co-authored various articles and book chapters on community natural resource management and has been a speaker in local and international conservation science conferences.

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Dickson Kaelo 2018 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa finalists

The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa

This award is given to an individual who has been judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist in recognition of their outstanding contribution to, and considerable success, in their chosen field. The award is sponsored by Land Rover. The three finalists are present at the Awards Ceremony, with the winner being announced on the night, who will receive a beautiful trophy, as well as a grant of £20,000. The two runners up each receive a grant of £7,500.

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