Tusk Conservation Award

Shout about these extraordinary people, and the tireless work they do to protect our most vulnerable animals.

Tusk Conservation Award in Africa

This award is given to an individual who has been judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist in recognition of their outstanding contribution to, and considerable success, in their chosen field. The award is sponsored by Land Rover. The three finalists are present at the Awards Ceremony, with the winner being announced on the night, who will receive a beautiful trophy, as well as a grant of £20,000. The two runners up each receive a grant of £7,500.

Previous winners have included Brighton Kumchedwa from Malawi, Cathy Dreyer from South Africa, Dr Emmanuel de Merode from DRC, Herizo Andrianandrasana from Madagascar, Tom Lalampaa from Kenya, and in 2018 Vincent Opyene from Uganda.

This award is generously sponsored by

Tomas Diagne | Senegal
Winner of the Tusk Conservation Award 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.

If you’ve been inspired by Tomas’s story, learn about another finalist, 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

The Tusk Conservation Awards are an initiative of Tusk.

Tusk Trust Limited is a charity registered in England and Wales, No: 1186533, and a company registered in England and Wales, No: 11948023.

In the US, “The Friends of Tusk Fund” donor advised fund is administered by CAF America (Tax ID 43-1634280)