Celebrity Supporters and Patrons
Simon King - Television presenter, film maker and conservationist agreed to be a patron of Tusk in 2007.
Simon King was born in Nairobi, Kenya but moved to the UK in 1964 and has been working in the field of Natural History film making for almost 30 years.
Ruby Wax - is a sharp tongued, sharp witted, brash American comedienne who has been seen regularly on television screens since the late 1980s. She is perhaps more known in the UK, where she has lived for many years, than in her native USA. Ruby agreed to be a Tusk Patron in 2007.
Ronnie Wood - Our longest standing supporter and first ever Patron, Ronnie Wood has been involved with Tusk since 1991.
He is seen here at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya.
Zoe Ball - Disc Jockey, television presenter and Tusk Patron since the year 2000.
She is seen here at Chimfunfunshi Chimpanzee Orphanage in Zambia.
Rory Bremner - Satirist and Tusk Patron since 1999. Seen here in Kenya.
John Challis - Actor and Tusk Patron since 1992, pictured here with his wife Carol Anne.
Ben Fogle - Television Presenter and Tusk supporter since 2005, pictured here at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya before competing in the 2005 Safaricom Marathon.
Joanna Lumley - Actor and Tusk supporter since 2004. Joanna is seen here on location in Kenya for the BBC1 'Born to be Wild' series.
The programme featured the relocation of endangered Rothschild Giraffe from Lewa to the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy.
Alistair McGowan - Actor, impressionist and Tusk supporter since 2003.
He is pictured on location whilst filming the BBC1 documentary 'Alistair McGowan Goes Wild with Rhino'. The programme, broadcast in February 2004, was made in Kenya.
Dr. Richard Leakey - Campaigner, palaeontologist and Tusk Patron since 1997.
Jackson Looseyia - BBC's first Kenyan presenter of 'Big Cat Live'. Born in the heart of the Maasai Mara where he grew up surrounded by wildlife, he became one of the first Maasai safari guides in the Reserve and is now a partner in Rekero Camp, one of Kenya's best safari destinations. A founder and trainee of the Koiyaki Guiding School, Jackson is a strong supporter of the school and is now its international ambassador. "The school has sent the right message to our grassroots communities on how to look after the wildlife and its habitats through creating qualified guides who can compete for jobs in the tourism industry". Visit the Koiyaki Guiding School page for more information.
Deborah Meaden - Investor and businesswoman, best known for her role on the BBC's 'Dragon's Den', Deborah became a Patron and Special Advisor to Tusk in 2010. On a visit to the Tusk funded Northern Rangelands Trust community based initiative in Kenya Deborah said, '“We were heartened to see how the local communities embrace the ‘Conservancy’ model and it became clear to us that this circular model is probably the most sustainable way forward." To read a full report on Deborah's trip to Kenya see page 20 of Tusk Talk 2010.
Catherine Keener - Twice Oscar-nomiated actress for Being John Malkovich and Capote who, in 2006, co-produced the award- winning documentary about the lives of three Sudanese Lost Boys, God Grew Tired of Us. Catherine's passion for and love of Africa was evident when she visited a number of Tusk-funded projects in Kenya last year. She became a Patron of the charity in 2011.
This year's Tusk Conservation Awards are, for me, an opportunity to recognise and to highlight some of the remarkable – and courageous – conservation work being undertaken across Africa.