We remain in regular contact with our partners in Africa, many of whom continue to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The loss of tourism and donor income has impacted their ability to carry on their essential work during this crisis. Here we collate a number of reports from across the continent.
Our Crisis Appeal is raising funds to ensure that vital Tusk funded programmes are able to survive the extreme challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis. Please help us by donating what you can to protect the jobs and livelihoods of those on the frontline and ensure they can continue their critical work.
The impact of COVID-19 threatens to undo years of conservation progress across the entire African continent. The collapse in tourism and the overall economy is already seriously affecting rural livelihoods and conservation efforts. There have been large scale redundancies of wildlife rangers, community liaison teams and other project staff, and there are already reports of an upsurge in bushmeat poaching, with fears of worse to come.
Maintaining our support to salaries and operating costs of our Project Partners is the greatest priority. Tusk supports a network of more than 50 provenly effective conservation projects across the African continent. A donation to Tusk is the most effective way to make a real, targeted difference to the jobs and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands in more than 20 countries.
Tsavo Trust, Kenya
From a wildlife conservation perspective and focusing on Tsavo, tourism has collapsed overnight. This has meant that the mainstream revenue for Kenya Wildlife Service is no longer flowing. We will still operate, but at 50% capacity if we are to continue all the work that has so painstakingly taken to deliver over the last seven years.