Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa is a lifetime achievement award, which recognises outstanding dedication and exceptional continued contribution to conservation in Africa.

Previous winners include Clive Stockil from Zimbabwe (2013), Richard Bonham from Kenya (2014), Garth Owen-Smith from Namibia (2015), John Kahekwa from DRC (2016), Rian Labuschagne, former Park Manager of Zakouma National Park in Chad (2017), Dr Pete Morkel from Zimbabwe (2018), Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira from Mozambique (2019), Hipólito Lima from São Tomé and Príncipe (2020), and the 2021 winner was Simson Uri-Khob from Namibia.

This award is generously sponsored by

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The 2022 winner will be announced at the Tusk Conservation Awards ceremony in November 2022.

Meet the 2021 winner

Simson Uri-Khob – Namibia
Winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 2021

CEO – Save the Rhino Trust (SRT)

Simson has worked with the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) for 30 years, becoming CEO in 2015. When Simson joined the SRT in the early 1990s, Namibia’s black rhino population was just back from the brink of almost complete decimation. Today, rhino numbers have increased and conservancies have generated more than US$10 million in cash income and other benefits for conservancy members.

You can watch Simson’s story below or read more here.

Past Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa Winners

Hipólito Lima | São Tomé and Príncipe

Winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 2020

Programa Tato – Founder and Rangers Supervisor.

Hipólito Lima has dedicated 26 years of his life to sea turtle conservation, protecting sea turtle females and their nests, monitoring the nesting beaches, training local rangers, and empowering local communities into sea turtle guardians and conservation leaders. His leadership has been crucial in lobbying the government for the establishment of legislation that would provide protection for sea turtles in the archipelago. This new legislation declares a complete ban on the capture, possession, and sale of all sea turtle species and their by-products as well as disturbance of nesting habitats. He has dedicated his entire life to restoring and preserving what his father once destroyed.

You can watch Hipólito’s story below or read more here.

Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira | Mozambique

Winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 2019

In 2019 Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira was awarded the lifetime achievement award by The Duke of Cambridge in recognition of his immeasurable impact in laying the foundations for protecting Mozambique’s natural resources, as well as building the institutional capacity to fight wildlife crime. At the awards ceremony in London, Tusk CEO, Charlie Mayhew said “Without the bravery and selfless dedication of the remarkable people we are honouring tonight, it would be an uncertain future for Africa’s iconic wildlife and the communities to whom it belongs.”

You can watch Carlos’s story below or read more here.

Pete Morkel - Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2018 - Namibia
Rian Labuschagne - Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2017 - South Africa
John Kahekwa - Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2016 - Democratic Republic of Congo
Garth Owen-Smith - Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2015 - Namibia
Richard Bonham - Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2014 - Kenya
Clive Stockil - Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2013 - Zimbabwe

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