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), and the 2021 winner was Julie Razafimanahaka from Madagascar.

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

Julie Razafimanahaka – Madagascar

Winner of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa 2021

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.

Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa 2021

ANNOUNCING THE SHORTLIST FOR THE 2021 TUSK AWARD FOR CONSERVATION IN AFRICA, CHARLIE MAYHEW, TUSK TRUST CEO SAID:
“The last 18 months have been extremely challenging for everyone, but none more so than those living in the developing world. Covid-19 has been particularly devastating to the economies of Africa, where international travel restrictions have brought the wildlife and tourism industries to their knees. With COP26 bringing the future of the natural world to the very front of our minds, there is no better time to celebrate those at the forefront of efforts to protect it. I am very pleased today to reveal the three exceptional finalists for this year’s Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa.”

TUSK AWARD FOR CONSERVATION IN AFRICA 2021 FINALISTS

Miguel Goncalves - 2022 Tusk Award Finalist

Dr Caleb Ofori-Boateng

Ghana

Save the Elephants

Miguel Goncalves - 2022 Tusk Award Finalist

Julie Razafimanahaka

Madagascar

National Administration for Conservation Areas

Dismas Partalala - 2022 Tusk Award Finalist

Rachel Ikemeh

Nigeria

Ujamaa Community Resource Team

Past Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa Winners

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.

Vincent Opyene - Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2018 - Uganda
Brighton Kumchedwa - Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2017 - Malawi
Cathy Dreyer - Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2016 - South Africa
Dr Emmanuel de Merode - Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2015 - Democratic Republic of Congo
Herizo Andrianandrasana - Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2014 - Madagascar
Tom Lalampaa - Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa - Winner 2013 - Kenya

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