Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

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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) and the 2020 winner was Hipólito Lima from São Tomé and Príncipe.

2021 Nominations are now open.

Please complete the online form to nominate someone for the Tusk Conservation Award in Africa 2021.  Make sure you have reviewed the eligibility and criteria outlined for this award below, and that you have all required information prior to completion.

Click here to view a printable sample PDF version of the form for reference.

Deadline: Please submit the complete pre nomination form no later than 26th March 2021.   If you have any queries contact [email protected].


This prestigious award is sponsored by Ninety One.

Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa 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].

The 2020 winner is …

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.

Past Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa Winners

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.

If you’ve been inspired by Hipólito’s story, learn about another Prince William Award winner, or let others know about the Tusk Awards.

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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

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