Out of the ordinary people. Extraordinary commitment to conservation.

Will you celebrate them now #ForAllTheyDo?


The Tusk Conservation Awards, in partnership with Investec Asset Management, give us a chance to celebrate extraordinary people, whose work and lives might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields. The work they do with wildlife and communities in Africa safeguards the future for us all. The awards are our opportunity to show these unsung heroes that we thank and support them for all they do.

This year we celebrated them at the V&A Museum, in London, on 30th November. HRH the Duke of Cambridge presented the Prince William Award, and Sir David Attenborough presented the Tusk Conservation and Wildlife Ranger awards. (Sir David also received a special award from The Duke, for a lifetime of service to conservation.) Our Tusk Patron Kate Silverton hosted the ceremony with her usual grace and charm. You can visit our Facebook page to view the ceremony as it was recorded live. Or check back here a few days for a highlights video.

A huge thank you to everyone who played a part in making these wonderful awards a reality, especially our team and our sponsors.And heartfelt congratulations to all our finalists and winners.

Scroll down to click and discover more about each award, and about the lives and works of 2016’s winners.


Prince William Award Winner

John Kahekwa

Tusk Award Winner

Cathy Dreyer

Wildlife Ranger Award Winner

Manuel Sacaia

Prince William Award

Supported by Investec Asset Management

Tusk Award

Supported by Land Rover

Wildlife Ranger Award

Supported by a Private Donor

Black rhinos have existed on earth for 5 million years. Today, there are under 5 thousand remaining.


There are lots of ways that you can show your support for the awards. What can you do?

Whatever you can do, please do it now, and help us to thank them #ForAllTheyDo





The African lion now occupies less than 1.1% of its historic range, with a global population of under 25,000 remaining in the wild.


Without our partners, there would be no awards. Each year, they give of their time and resources to make sure that we can continue to recognise, inspire and encourage conservationists in Africa, for all the work that they do. They also go the extra mile to make sure that our finalists and winners have the once in a lifetime experience they deserve. Please take the time to visit our sponsor pages and find out how they contribute to making each year bigger and better.

Mountain gorillas have endured decades of war, poaching, habitat destruction and disease. Today, there are about 880 left in the wild.


Our judging panel features some of the leading conservation figures working in Africa today. They are all experts in their fields, with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that our unique struggle entails.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for the amazing conservation work they do in Africa?

Nominate them for 2017
Endangered since the 1970’s, the Grevy's zebra has a global population of just 2,000 – surviving only in a few protected areas.

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Many thanks to David Yarrow,
Tusk’s official photographer for use of his wonderful work.

Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge, KG KT

The Tusk Conservation Awards are an initiative of Tusk.

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