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Prince William to attend 2015 Tusk Trust Conservation Awards

As Royal Patron of the Tusk, The Duke of Cambridge will be attending the 2015 Tusk Conservation at Claridges, London.

Prince William will also welcome the winner and all finalists to Kensington Palace on 24 November so he may learn more about the important work that they are carrying out across Africa.

Tusk, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, try to initiate and fund conservation, environmental education programmes and community development across Africa.

The Tusk Conservation Awards were started in 2012 with the goal of highlighting the inspirational conservation work that is being taken on by a global audience, by recognising the achievements of those who are helping to protect Africa’s natural heritage.

For the first time this year, Prince William will present the new Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award. The award was created to bring to light the dedication and bravery shown by rangers whose work it is to protect Africa’s growing number of endangered wildlife.

The winner, Edward Ndiritu, was announced earlier this year on World Ranger Day. Mr Ndiritu is a ranger who leads the Anti-Poaching for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Nothern Rangelands Trust in northern Kenya. He was chosen for his incredible commitment to helping combat the increasing threat from poachers and for heading a security operation that covers over two million acres.

Besides the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, Prince Wiliam will also be presenting the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, which is a lifetime achievement award to honour those with an outstanding dedication and contribution to conservation.

He will also present the Tusk Award for Conservation which recognises a new leader in conservation who is making a significant impact in Africa.

The finalists for the 2015 Tusk Award  for Conservation include Mr Cosmas Mumba, Dr Emmanuel de Merode, and Dr Mary Molokwu.

Having been Royal Patron of Tusk since December 2005, The Duke of Cambridge has supported the charity on many occasions, recently attending the Tusk Trust Gala Dinner at Syon House. William also takes his conservation work where ever he goes, for example in China where he gave a highly respected speech on the matter.