This is a lifetime achievement award, recognising an outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa. This prestigious award is sponsored by Ninety One. Every year, the identity of the winner is kept secret until the Awards Ceremony. A magnificent trophy is presented to the winner, as well as a grant of £40,000 towards their work. Previous winners have included Clive Stockil from Zimbabwe, Richard Bonham from Kenya, Garth Owen-Smith from Namibia, John Kahekwa from DRC, Rian Labuschagne, former Park Manager of Zakouma National Park in Chad, and in 2018 Dr Pete Morkel from Zimbabwe, who has been key to a myriad of conservation initiatives across Africa.
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.
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The Tusk Conservation Awards, in partnership with Ninety One, give us a chance to celebrate extraordinary people, whose work and lives might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields. Their work with wildlife and communities in Africa safeguards the future for us all
The Duke of Cambridge, Tusk’s Royal Patron says “These awards which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa’s precious wildlife for its people. It is vital that we recognise the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation’s frontline. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”
Now in its eighth year, the 2020 Tusk Awards ceremony will now be held online on 3rd December 2020. Please check the Tusk website and this page for information on how you can participate in celebrating the extraordinary stories of this year’s finalists and winners.
Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira, 2019 | Mozambique
The Prince William Award winner has just been announced as Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira. He is a passionate and dedicated conservation leader widely regarded as the face of conservation in Mozambique. Over the past 40 years he has had immeasurable impact in laying the foundations for protecting Mozambique’s natural resources, as well as building the institutional capacity to fight wildlife crime.
Benson Kanyembo | Zambia
The Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award winner has just been announced as Benson Kanyembo, Law Enforcement Advisor from Conservation South Luangwa, Zambia. Benson will be awarded the ‘Conservation Oscar’ at The Tusk Conservation Awards 2019, in partnership with Ninety One.
Announcing the winner of the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, Tusk CEO Charlie Mayhew said: “Thanks to his extraordinary bravery and passion for the natural world, Zambia’s Benson Kanyembo provides much needed hope for the future of Zambia’s threatened wildlife…and with his inspirational leadership the war against poaching and the illegal wildlife trade is winnable.”
Announcing the shortlist for the 2019 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, Charlie Mayhew, Tusk Trust CEO said:
“Thanks to the dedication of these extraordinary men and women working on the front line of conservation, there is a brighter future for Africa’s wildlife. To them extinction is simply not an option.”
Prince William Award
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Wildlife Ranger Award
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Without our partners, there would be no awards. Each year, they give of their time and resources to make sure that we can continue to recognise, inspire and encourage conservationists in Africa, for all the work that they do. They also go the extra mile to make sure that our finalists and winners have the once in a lifetime experience they deserve. Please take the time to visit our sponsor pages and find out how they contribute to making each year bigger and better.
Our judging panel features some of the leading conservation figures working in Africa today. They are all experts in their fields, with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that our unique struggle entails.
2020 Tusk Award nominations are now open. Nominate a conservation hero #ForAllTheyDo