Across all three awards decisions are made based on the following eligibility criteria:
Awards will be given for:
- Proven positive impact on the lives of the people and wildlife of Africa.
- Demonstration of past successes.
- People who act as a role model and provide a level of mentorship.
- People whose ideas are replicable or scalable in-country and across the continent.
- Country nationals with the exception of long-term residency (15+ years) or commitment to country/region/ building capacity of local team members for future leadership.
- People and projects that will continue into the future and are sustainable.
- People who take a grassroots approach to their work and are inclusive of local communities.
- Proven collaboration amongst peers and within Government structures.
- Work that needs to be recognised and given publicity in order to thrive .
- People that can prove ‘value’ for money and have the ability to manage grants and reporting requirements.
Awards are not made for:
- People who are undertaking pure academic research.
- Individuals working for themselves (not part of a team).
- Individuals working in animal welfare or the rehabilitation of captive animals.
A lifetime achievement award, which recognises outstanding dedication and exceptional continued contribution to conservation in Africa.
Prince William Award Criteria
- An inspiring individual with 20+ years experience in the field.
- Continues actively to advance conservation in Africa through innovation and leadership.
- Proven conservation legacy.
- Evidenced replicability of work.
- Leader in field of expertise.
- Proven impact supported by examples.
- Instigated change at a country-wide and/or continent-wide or international level.
- Source of inspiration for young conservationists.
- Evidence of clear succession planning.
- Minimum of two strong local references.
- [This is not an end of career or retirement award].
Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa Awards Criteria
To award an individual judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to conservation and considerable success shown in their chosen field.
Tusk Award Criteria
- Mid-career conservationists (minimum of 8 to 10 years experience).
- Proven impact to date.
- Evidence of potential for future scalability.
- Proven perseverance to overcome challenges.
- Ability to develop and expand work using a Tusk Award.
- Grassroots approach.
- People undertaking pragmatic work that is both realistic and innovative/ambitious.
- Previous Finalists will be reconsidered for the Tusk Award after 5 years.
Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award Eligibility & Criteria
An award to recognise the dedication and commitment of an individual who works in the field on a daily basis to protect Africa’s wildlife.
- The nominee must be an active ranger and a citizen of an African country.
- The nominee must have worked as a ranger for more than ten years.
- Team nominations will not be eligible.
- Recognised leader amongst colleagues.
- Grassroots career – worked through the ranks.
- Team player.
- Award not defined by discipline – community-based scout, intelligence, wildlife department scout, monitoring and research based.
- Influenced policy for management of wildlife in-country.
- Influenced policy for ranger welfare.
- Influenced policy for wildlife status in country.
- Proven record in protecting/safe guarding human-rights.
- Role model for new recruits.
- Provides mentorship for new recruits.
- Self-sacrifice to the wildlife and therefore job.
- Impact on levels of poaching / illegal wildlife trade / human-wildlife conflict.
- Length of service.
- Strong local references.
- Not a member of a private security company.