The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to attend Tusk Conservation Awards

Posted: Aug 292013

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to attend Tusk Conservation Awards

Tusk is delighted to announce that TRH The Duke of Cambridge, Royal Patron of Tusk, and The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards at The Royal Society, London on Thursday 12th September 2013. At the end of the awards ceremony The Duke of Cambridge will make a short speech.

Prince William and Kate arriveThe awards, developed in partnership with Investec Asset Management, aim to celebrate outstanding achievement in the field of African conservation. From practical field conservation to successful environmental education, the Tusk Conservation Awards recognise the achievements of individuals who are ensuring the future of Africa and bringing the challenges faced by the continent to a global audience. The ceremony, hosted by broadcaster and journalist Kate Silverton, will be a celebration of Africa’s ‘unsung’ heroes of conservation.

The nominees were shortlisted from fifty nominations by an expert panel of judges including Nigel Winser, Simon King OBE, Dr Karen Ross, Dr Rob Brett and Ali Kaka.

Two awards will be presented by The Duke of Cambridge on the night:

The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa: A lifetime achievement award, which will recognise outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa. The recipient of this award will be announced and presented with a specially commissioned trophy by The Duke. This award is sponsored by Investec Asset Management.

The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa: This award is for an individual who has been judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist and in recognition of their outstanding contribution to conservation and considerable success shown in their chosen field.

The judges have shortlisted five finalists for the Tusk Conservation Award. The winner will be announced and presented with a trophy during the ceremony. In this inaugural year, the judges have decided to recognise one of the finalists with a Highly Commended prize. This award is sponsored by Land Rover.

The five finalists are:

  • Alasdair Harris – Blue Ventures Conservation in Madagascar
  • Edwin Kinyanjui – Mount Kenya Trust, Kenya
  • Tom Lalampaa – Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya
  • Josia Razafindramanana – Crowned Sifaka Conservation Project, Madagascar
  • Kerri Wolter – Vulture Protection (VulPro), South Africa

In addition to the generous sponsorship being given by Investec Asset Management and Land Rover, the Awards are being supported by British Airways, Tiffany & Co, The Mantis Group, The Draycott Hotel and Dom Perignon.

A 60 minute documentary featuring an exclusive interview with The Duke of Cambridge and featuring the work of the Tusk award winners and nominees is due to be broadcast by CNN and ITV (UK) on Sunday 15th September.

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