The collapse in tourism and the overall economy as a resulf of Covid has had a devastating impact on rural livelihoods and conservation efforts. Most of our project partners had to drastically cut their budgets, reduce staff and salaries. At the same time, local people have lost their livelihoods, and many have turned to bushmeat hunting to survive.
Africa is a frontline of conservation. In Africa people are getting killed in the name of conservation. It's hard. It's tough.
How precious it is …
At the Tusk Conservation Awards 2016, Prince William presented Sir David Attenborough with a surprise award for his contribution to wildlife conservation.
In his speech, Sir David described the just how important it is to protect Africa’s wildlife: "What survives now is just a fragment of what there was. But how precious it is. What a vision it gives us of humanity’s past; of the world’s past. And how crucial it is that it has to be protected, and should remain."