Last night the fifth annual Tusk Conservation Awards were presented for the first time in Africa at a gala ceremony in Cape Town, and Tusk was extremely honoured that three of the country’s most eminent public figures – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former First Lady, Mrs Graça Machel, and former President F W de Klerk – presented the awards on behalf of Tusk’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF WAYNE LOTTER
One morning – at the foot of a tree on the African plain – a strange creature is found. It’s fluffy and puffy. What can it be? The meerkats declare it is a wild Fluffalump.
Tusk’s conceptual garden at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show was finally unveiled to the public yesterday, and has already been attracting a great deal of attention.
The 18th Safaricom Marathon, hosted by Tusk and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, took place on Saturday 24th June and once again attracted approximately 1,400 runners, of which almost 100 completed the full marathon.
Announcing the shortlist for the fifth Tusk Awards for Conservation in Africa, Charlie Mayhew, CEO said “Thanks to the extraordinary achievements of all this year’s entrants, choosing just three finalists was an almost impossible task. And for the first time, the judges have chosen two finalists for the frontline Wildlife Ranger Award.”
‘Do More for Africa’ is an initiative between Avios and Tusk offering the opportunity for three lucky Britons to win a two-week volunteer stay at one of three projects in Southern Africa, focusing on conservation, community support and education.
Good news from Tusk’s partner The Big Life Foundation as they announce a decline in poaching in the first quarter of 2017 – their hard work alongside that of the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service) is beginning to pay off! The combined efforts have also made progress in addressing the rise in human-elephant conflict, but there is still a long way to go…
There was disappointment in the Houses of Parliament yesterday, when the Environment Minister Therese Coffey failed to set a timeline for the Government’s consultation on the closure of the UK’s domestic ivory markets.
Along with other NGO’s, Tusk welcomes an important debate on the UK's ivory market, which is taking place in the Houses of Parliament later today.
Last night Prince William celebrated the extraordinary lives of five men and women dedicated to the survival of Africa’s endangered wildlife.
The continued growth of the mountain gorilla population in central Africa is a rare conservation success story, and having devoted much of her life to their protection, Dr Gladys Kalema Zikusoka has been a major contributor to this.