Prince William inspired by Africa’s wildlife game changers

PRESS RELEASE: Announcing the shortlist for the 2018 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, Charlie Mayhew, CEO of Tusk Trust said, “The incredible efforts and inspirational leadership of this year’s finalists offer both great hope and a way forward to secure the future of Africa’s endangered wildlife.”

The judges have shortlisted the following three conservationists for the prestigious Tusk Award to be presented at a ceremony in London in November:

 

Dickson Kaelo

Creator of countless life-enhancing community conservation initiatives, Dickson’s ability to unite Kenya’s landowners and communities in a shared mission to protect both wildlife and habitat is widely recognized as an uplifting success. Dickson’s ground-breaking work in the Maasai Mara including the formation of four new conservancies, and inspirational leadership amongst East Africa’s rising conservationists, his efforts have demonstrated the immense value of Kenya’s wildlife to communities.

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Force Ngwira

Force Ngwira - Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa finalist 2018 - Image Credit: Sarah MarshallForce’s story is one of remarkable change, from participation in deforestation and overfishing to environmental activist. Now, as Malawi’s Country Director of (UK- registered charity) RIPPLE Africa, Force and his team have been responsible for planting eight million trees and, in partnership with local fisherman and their communities, the charity’s ‘Fish for Tomorrow’ project has worked to restock and manage a 300 kilometre stretch of Lake Malawi

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Vincent Opyene

Dickson Kaelo - Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa finalist 2018 - Image Credit: Sarah MarshallEven as a young boy growing up in Uganda, Vincent knew he would dedicate his life to preserving wildlife.  Combining a career in law with his passion for wildlife, Vincent is perhaps unique in his work fighting the illegal wildlife trade, both on the frontline and behind the scenes. Experience on patrol in Uganda’s national parks and as a state prosecutor led to his understanding of the need for society and government to work more closely together to fight wildlife crime. Since establishing the Natural Resource Conservation Network, its wide-ranging powers have resulted in the arrest of many international wildlife criminals and the investigation of corruption at the highest level.

Writing about the awards, Prince William, Royal Patron of Tusk, said: “These Awards are an important initiative with which I am proud to have been involved since its inception. It is wonderful to see how the awards continue to identify the unsung heroes of conservation working across the African continent. The finalists’ selfless commitment, determination and bravery is truly inspiring.”

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Writing about the awards, Prince William, Royal Patron of Tusk, said: “These Awards are an important initiative with which I am proud to have been involved since its inception. It is wonderful to see how the awards continue to identify the unsung heroes of conservation working across the African continent. The finalists’ selfless commitment, determination and bravery is truly inspiring.”

Credits: The Tusk Conservation Awards in partnership with Investec Asset Management

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