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HRH The Duke of Cambridge has agreed to support a new annual award scheme that aims to celebrate outstanding achievement in the field of African conservation.

Tusk, the African conservation charity of which Prince William is Royal Patron, has established The Tusk Conservation Awards in partnership with Investec Asset Management.

Prince William and Harry Visit Botswana - Tusk

Photo © Chris Jackson and Getty Images. In June 2010, The Duke visited the work of Tusk in Botswana with his brother Prince Harry on their first joint overseas tour. Their Royal Highnesses visited Mokolodi Education Centre to engage with some of the 12,000 Botswana children who attend the Tusk sponsored environmental education facility. The Princes also visited a groundbreaking predator conservation and research camp in the Okavango Delta.

Tusk has been working since 1990 to build a sustainable future for the African continent and its wildlife. It has been Tusk’s long-term ambition to create an awards programme to celebrate outstanding achievement in African conservation.

Tusk is looking for individuals who have undertaken outstanding, inspirational conservation work in Africa within the protection of endangered species or threatened habitat, promotion of environmental education or development of community driven conservation.

There will be two Tusk Conservation Awards in 2013.

  1. The first will be awarded to a distinguished individual for their outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution over a minimum of ten years to conservation in Africa. This award is considered a lifetime achievement award.
  2. The second will be awarded to an individual with a minimum of five years experience who has demonstrated a considerable commitment to conservation and has already made a significant impact. The award recognises an up-and-coming conservationist whose work shows real promise.
Prince William Harry Botswana Tusk

Photo © Chris Jackson and Getty Images

Nominations will be assessed by an independent panel of experts and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in Autumn 2013. The award winners will receive substantial grants of £30,000 and £10,000 respectively, and in addition to signaling global recognition of their work, it is intended that the awards will help to develop their projects.

Details of the awards and nomination forms can be downloaded from the awards website:

The Duke of Cambridge became Royal Patron of Tusk in December 2005.  Since its formation in 1990 Tusk has raised over £18m for a wide range of projects across Africa, which not only work to protect wildlife, particularly endangered species, but also help to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside wildlife.

For further information, please contact:

Tusk Trust. Mary-Jane Attwood: +44 1747 831005 / +44 7990 558 926. Email:

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