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Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

This is a lifetime achievement award, recognising an outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa. This prestigious award is sponsored by Investec Asset Management.  Every year, the identity of the winner is kept secret until the Awards Ceremony. A magnificent trophy is presented to the winner, as well as a grant of £40,000 towards their work. Previous winners have included Clive Stockil from Zimbabwe, Richard Bonham from Kenya, Garth Owen-Smith from Namibia, John Kahekwa from DRC and in 2017 Rian Labuschagne, former Park Manager of Zakouma National Park in Chad.

In the 2017 Cape Town ceremony, Archbishop Desmond Tutu presented The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa to Rian Labuschagne. This prestigious award went to a man who has dedicated his life to the preservation of some of the world’s most endangered species and important wildlife reserves. Tusk CEO, Charlie Mayhew said, “Thanks to Rian, Chad has witnessed one of conservations’ great success stories unfold with the revival of Zakouma National park and its decimated elephant population.”

You can watch Rian’s story below.

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