The Tusk Conservation Awards, which are supported by Prince William, recognise conservation professionals who have made a significant impact in Africa in the past year.
Amy Dickman has been nominated following her successes in reducing conflict between lions and local communities. On her nomination, Dickman said, “It is a huge honour to be named as a finalist for the Tusk Conservation Award, which will hopefully create even more interest in African wildlife conservation, and raise awareness of small, grassroots projects like the Ruaha Carnivore Project. Although only three individuals are named as finalists, it takes many people to achieve conservation success – in Ruaha, our success depends upon the dedication of the whole field team, the communities who work with us, and all our supporters. Winning this award would be incredibly significant, not only because of the prize money for the project, but also because of the publicity and interest that it would generate. Surprisingly few people know that even a species as iconic as the lion is under threat, and even fewer are aware of the efforts happening every day to save it in crucial areas like Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape, which supports around a tenth of the world’s remaining lions. Our efforts there will continue regardless of whether we win or not, but we are thrilled to be recognised on the shortlist for this award, and hope that it will catalyse urgently-needed interest and investment in wildlife conservation, both in Ruaha and elsewhere.”
The other nominees include Kenya’s David Kuria, creator of The Kijabe Environment Volunteers, a community-based conservation forum and Herizo Andrianandrasana who has been responsible for involving local people in the management of conservation programmes in Madagascar. The winner of the award will be granted £15 000, courtesy of Land Rover.
To read more about Ruaha, Tanzania’s Wildest Fronteir, click here.