It is with great sadness and deep respect that we recognise the passing of one of the world’s great conservationists, Garth Owen Smith. Co-founder of Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) and winner of Tusk’s coveted Prince William Award for Conservation in 2015, Garth was the true visionary behind the establishment of community conservation efforts in Namibia.
As the COVID-19 crisis develops, we’re receiving regular updates from our field partners on how their work is being impacted, how they are adapting and how they will rise to the challenge.
As one of Land Rover’s longstanding global partners, Tusk has been thrilled to be part of the launch of the New Defender, which will soon be hitting the roads. The Defender has long been the iconic vehicle of conservation in Africa, and the latest stage of the launch proved that this association will continue long into the future.
During these uncertain times our thoughts are with everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis will undoubtedly have an unprecedented effect on people, services and economies globally, and Africa is no exception. The inevitable downturn in tourism will impact many areas we work in as jobs, reserves and revenue streams come under threat, and a global economic crisis could significantly affect our funding.
Last night, Tusk Ambassador Levison Wood enthralled a packed audience at London’s Emmanuel Centre, as he previewed his upcoming series “Walking With Elephants” and his book “The Last Giants”. The event was generously sponsored by Forevermark, and raised significant funds for the Living with Wildlife appeal.
Tusk is honoured to have been awarded one of CAF America’s 2020 International Philanthropy Awards, which was presented to the charity at a glittering awards ceremony held in Orlando on 14 January.
Tusk is joining forces with Send a Cow to launch the Living with Wildlife appeal to protect the people and wildlife of Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.
With effect from 1 January 2020, Tusk Trust has incorporated as a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee: Tusk Trust Limited.
As we near the end of 2019, Tusk is grateful to all our supporters for what has been another incredible year. We have been really overwhelmed by the generosity of so many donors, helping us do more than ever through our long-standing partners. The Tusk Ball In May raised an incredible £530,000, while our annual Safaricom Marathon in Kenya generated a further £350,000 for our work.
Last night, the seventh annual Tusk Conservation Awards were presented at a glittering ceremony at London's Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. Congratulating the finalists, Tusk's Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge spoke of how they and their colleagues are "truly inspiring and give us all hope that change is truly possible".
The new PACE (Pan African Conservation Education) Kit 'Green and Sustainable Nurseries', is used to make tree nurseries, school and community gardens more environmentally friendly, and introduces principles of sustainability with wide-reaching application.
The Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award winner has just been announced as Benson Kanyembo, Law Enforcement Advisor from Conservation South Luangwa, Zambia. Benson will be awarded the ‘Conservation Oscar’ at The Tusk Conservation Awards 2019, in partnership with Investec Asset Management. The Awards take place at a glittering ceremony on 21 November at London's Empire Cinema, Leicester Square.