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Duke of Cambridge to present Tusk Conservation Awards

Prince William will attend the Tusk Conservation Awards next Tuesday 25th November at Claridge’s Hotel in London.

Tusk, a UK & US-based conservation charity, was established in 1990 with an aim to secure a peaceful co-existence for Africa’s wildlife and its people. Since then, Tusk has raised £25m for a variety of African conservation projects and has benefitted from The Duke’s patronage since 2005.

The Tusk Conservation Awards were launched in 2013 and celebrate outstanding achievement in the field of African conservation. Nominees were shortlisted from fifty nominations by an expert panel of judges including Nigel Winser, Simon King OBE, Dr Karen Ross, Dr Rob Brett, Ali Kaka and Tusk’s CEO, Charlie Mayhew MBE.

The Duke will present two awards on the evening:

The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa:

A lifetime achievement award, recognising outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa. The recipient of this award will be announced and presented with a specially commissioned trophy by The Duke.

The Tusk Conservation Award for Conservation in Africa:

Awarded to an individual who has been judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist and in recognition of their outstanding contribution to conservation and considerable success shown in their chosen field.

The judges have shortlisted three award nominees, who will fly in for the event from Africa.

Amy Dickman, the nominee from Tanzania has achieved vital conservation successes in one of Africa’s most carnivore-rich environments by working alongside local communities to reduce intense conflict with the region’s lion population.

David Kuria the nominee from Kenya created and steered The Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO), a community-based group tasked with halting the destruction of one of Kenya’s most critical forests and water catchment areas.

The final nominee is Herizo Andrianandrasana representing Madagascar. Herizo is behind the integration of local people into conservation management and monitoring in Madagascar, leading programmes across seven globally important conservation areas, four forest and three wetland sites, with a combined surface area of 3,500 km2.

Prince William is well-known for his active support for raising awareness of wildlife crime, including the illegal wildlife trade and Africa’s poaching crisis. At last year’s Awards event, The Duke spoke about his concern of the decimating elephant, rhino and lion populations and has continued to campaign against the illegal trade over the last year.

The Duke, who is also Patron of United for Wildlife, spoke in a video message on Monday about the plight of the Pangolin which is critically endangered. United for Wildlife have partnered with Rovio, the makers of the popular game ‘Angry Birds’, in an attempt to raise awareness for the cause.

Featured Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (The Duke of Cambridge speaks at the London Conference on The Illegal Wildlife Trade on 12 February 2014)

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