Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa

This award goes to an individual judged to be an emerging conservation leader, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to conservation and considerable success shown in their chosen field. The winner is announced on the night of the Awards, with all three finalists receiving a grant towards their work. Find out more about our past winners and our 2022 finalists by clicking on their names below.

Previous winners include Tom Lalampaa from Kenya (2013), Herizo Andrianandrasana from Madagascar (2014), Dr Emmanuel de Merode from DRC (2015), Cathy Dreyer from South Africa (2016), Brighton Kumchedwa from Malawi (2017), Vincent Opyene from Uganda (2018), Tomas Diagne from Senegal (2019), John Kamanga from Kenya (2020), Julie Razafimanahaka from Madagascar (2021), and the 2022 winner was Miguel Gonçalves from Mozambique.

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The 2023 winner will be announced at the Tusk Conservation Awards ceremony in November 2023.

Meet the 2023 winner

Fanny Minesi – Democratic Republic of Congo

Winner of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa 2023

Fanny Minesi rescues endangered bonobos from poachers, gives them sanctuary, and rewilds them in the rainforests of the DRC. As director of Friends of Bonobos of the Congo (ABC), Fanny’s strategy to tackle the root causes of bonobo endangerment – poverty, lack of education and economic opportunity – is comprehensive and unmatched.

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

Past Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa Winners

Miguel Gonçalves – Mozambique

Winner of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa 2022

Maputo National Park – Park Warden

Miguel has worked within the Maputo National Park since 1999, becoming Park Warden in 2008. Under Miguel’s inspirational leadership across the last 12 years, the park has changed dramatically from a free-for-all hunting ground to a landscape able to support thriving populations of wildlife and recovering ecosystems.

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

Julie Razafimanahaka – Madagascar

Winner of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa 2021

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Julie oversees the organisation’s mission to prevent the extinction of Madagascar’s endemic species. During Julie’s sixteen years in the field she has achieved a huge amount, becoming a true conservation leader. Julie’s leadership has enabled MV to establish four significant protected areas in the Ambatondrazaka district, eastern Madagascar, where colonies of the flying fox roost. Without Julie’s work, much less of the Mangabe rainforest would still be standing today.

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

John Kamanga – Kenya

Winner of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa 2020

South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO) – Executive Director.

John is one of Kenya’s foremost grassroots conservation leaders who has dedicated his career to developing a vision for the co-existence of pastoralists and wildlife. In Kenya, where 68% of wildlife resides on community land, supporting the ability of people and wildlife to co-exist is central to the future of wildlife conservation. He was presented his award by The Duke of Cambridge.

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

Tomas Diagne | Senegal

Winner of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa 2019

Three pioneering Africans were nominated for the 2019 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, and applauded for their work which has played a significant role in conserving endangered environments and species. The winner, Tomas Diagne, who, at the age of 23, started the NGO ‘Save our Sulcatas’ to rescue captive Sulcata tortoises, going on to establish a successful breeding and release programme that today continues at the ‘Village Des Tortues’ in Noflaye, Senegal. He was presented his award by The Duke of Cambridge.

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

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