The community programme is based on in-depth consultations with the rural population to secure their participation in the scheme and guarantee that tangible benefits of wildlife conservation reach the local people.
Simson is the CEO of the Save the Rhino Trust, having worked with the organisation for 30 years. His work has supported efforts to bring back the desert-adapted black rhino from the brink of extinction. Today, rhino numbers have increased and conservancies are supported to employ locally-recruited rangers, provide education and health improvements and help for farmers.
"Before we started working to protect grey crowned cranes most people did not know the bird was endangered and rapidly dying out in Rwanda." - Olivier Nsengimana, Founder, The Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association.
“One of the top ten races to run in your life.” -- Runner’s World
Tusk’s Safaricom Marathon, organised in partnership with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, is regarded as one of the world’s top ten marathons. This unique event has raised millions of dollars since 2000 to fund Tusk's wildlife conservation, community development, education and healthcare initiatives across Kenya.
The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) was established in 1996 to give natural resource managers, at all levels, the motivation and skills they need to become partners in saving the continent's natural heritage.
For the second year running, 125 ranger organisations and almost 1,000 public supporters from 82 countries joined together last weekend in the Wildlife Ranger Challenge, raising money and awareness of the struggles facing wildlife rangers across Africa.
The education programme works with local schools and individual students as well as the wider community around the park and further afield.
In 2001 local Samburu communities formed the Sera Wildlife Conservancy (SWC) with the aim of bringing together three historically rival ethnic groups to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in their traditional lands.
For the past week a devastating fire has been raging across the Mount Kenya region. Fuelled by very high temperatures and winds, it has already destroyed 20,000 hectares of moorland within the mountain ecosystem. Tusk has provided $10,000 (£7,500) in emergency funding to help the Mount Kenya Trust prevent the spread of the fire and restrict the damage, but more is needed.
Signatory countries of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) regulating wildlife trade have concluded a 10-day meeting in Geneva, securing stronger protection for many species, including giraffes.