Congratulations to Brent Stirton the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017! @natural_history_museum @nhm_wpy -
Brent has won the prestigious award with this powerful black rhino image titled "Memorial to a Species". The image frames a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Once the most numerous rhino species, black rhinos are now critically endangered due to poaching and the illegal international trade in rhino horn; one of the world’s most corrupt illegal wildlife networks. For the photographer, the crime scene was one of more than thirty he visited in the course of covering this tragic story.
We recently celebrated the incredible work that is being done to protect these animals at the 2017 Tusk Awards; Lucky Ndlovu was a winner of the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award through his hard work protecting rhinos in South Africas Kruger National Park. To read more about Lucky's work head to the Tusk Awards website: http://tuskawards.com
To help Tusk continue supporting projects that protect rhinos please donate through our website by clicking on the 🔗 in our bio ☝️ Follow our page for more updates on Tusk's work! .
Habitat destruction is the number one cause for the dwindling populations of the #Chimpanzee and other wildlife in Sierra Leone.
This Giving Day for Apes please help support Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary to help them with their reforestation project.
In August this year deforestation, encroachment and neglect were responsible for causing the devastating landslide minutes away from Tacugama. The man-made tragedy stole 600 lives, ruined another 800 which are still missing and left hundreds orphaned or displaced. It’s an irrational reality to accept when we’ve been ringing the alarm for decades. It also had a huge impact on the Chimpanzee habitat.
Tacugama is one of the projects Tusk continues to support in the hope that future generations will be able to enjoy these incredible animals.
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Please donate on https://givingdayforapes.razoo.com/organization/Tacugama-Chimpanzee-Sanctuary
Congratulations to Rian Labuschagne, the 2017 winner of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa!
This is a lifetime achievement award, recognising outstanding dedication and an exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa.
Rian and his wife Lorna began their working career together in Southern Africa where Rian was Zone Warden, first in Kalahari Gemsbok NP and then in Kruger NP. They then moved to Malawi as the Project Development Officer to the Liwonde Wildlife Project. During this time, Rian was responsible for the fencing of the park, reintroduction of black rhino to the park and setting up a rhino protection and monitoring unit, as well as providing technical assistance in anti-poaching and park management.
They then moved up to Ngorongoro Crater to join Frankfurt Zoological Society as their Chief Technical Advisor on the Ngorongoro & Serengeti Rhino Projects. Here they implemented an entire new anti-poaching and monitoring systems in both areas – which halted poaching within a year, including mobile foot patrols in the rhino zones, observation posts, translocation of two rhinos from RSA to Ngorongoro, transmitter implants in all rhino in Moru Kopjes, and set up a rhino capture capability for northern Tanzania. To read more about Rian's incredible work click on the 🔗 in our bio! ☝️ Thank you, Rian, for all the work you have done! .
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The 2017 Tusk Award finalists will be recognised at a gala ceremony in Cape Town on the 4th of October, hosted by Derek Watts, presenter of Carte Blanche, South Africa’s longest running investigative journalism television programme.
We are extremely honoured that three of the country’s most eminent public figures – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former First Lady, Mrs Graça Machel, and former President F W de Klerk – will present the awards on behalf of Tusk’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
Thanks to our partners Investec Asset Management for all your support with the #TuskAwards.
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Our 3rd Finalist of the 2017 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, is Brighton Kumchedwa! CONGRATULATIONS Brighton!
Brighton Kumchedwa is a highly personable, strategic and dedicated conservationist. He has dedicated his life to conserving #Malawi’s wildlife and has spent his entire career within the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), starting as a Parks Officer before and working his way up to his current position of Director of DNPW. Brighton holds an MA Environment & Socio-Economic Development.
Serah says “nature matters to all of us. It is the food we eat, the medicine we use, the fuel we use and the clothes we wear. We should all do our part in conserving the natural environment. We owe it to ourselves. We owe it to future generations.” CONGRATULATIONS to Serah Munguti our 2nd Finalist of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, 2017!
Nachamada Geoffrey is our first 2017 Finalist of the #TuskAward for Conservation in #Africa. Congratulations NACHA!
Since 2014 he has been responsible for the management of all Yankari rangers including anti-poaching patrols and conservation related activities. Before WCS took over the management of conservation activities in March 2014, an average of ten elephant carcasses were discovered each year, most believed to have been killed illegally for their ivory. However, since WCS took over only seven elephant carcasses have been recorded (five in 2014, two in 2015 and zero in 2016) although patrol coverage has increased significantly. Morale amongst the rangers has improved under Nacha’s supervision and he has transformed the protection status of Yankari. Nacha has also established good working relationship with the army, police and local community to help better protect Yankari.
Lucky Ndolvu is our second finalist for the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, 2017! CONGRATS Lucky!
Sergeant Ndlovu has been working as a field ranger in the Kruger National Park since 1992. He was promoted through the ranks from Lance Corporal to, in 2016, Sergeant.
We asked Lucky what each day entails for him...
"Start work in the dark and deploy with my dog to areas where we may encounter poacher incursions that have happened overnight. We walk on foot mostly and cover between 10-15 km. If poacher tracks are found then we start following them. We are usually a long way behind, about 6 hours so we try to predict where we can find the tracks ahead. I search these areas with my dog. The follow up goes until we either catch up with the poachers of until we can no longer follow, the distance is usually between 10-25 km’s." Due to the work done by Lucky and his Field Ranger K9 team the exponential growth of Rhino poaching in the area went from 70% pa to zero growth by end of 2015, and the losses where 20% less in 2016!
Solomon Chidunuka is one of the 2017 Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award finalists! CONGRATULATIONS SOLOMON!
Solomon is based in the Northern Province of Zambia and is currently Senior Wildlife Warden for Mpika District after serving the Lower Zambezi National Park for thirteen years. Under his leadership the Lower Zambezi area saw the lowest poaching levels on record. In his role as warden and ranger, Solomon displayed exceptional management and leadership in the oversight of all anti-poaching activities in his respective parks, establishing highly productive intelligence networks, which have led to successful convictions of wildlife criminals.
#ThrowbackThursday to celebrating Manuel Sacaia, the Winner of the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award 2016!
For over half a decade, Manuel has been working to protect the rare and beautiful Giant Sable antelope. Following periods of conflict in the #Angola, it was feared that the country’s national animal had become extinct. Manuel’s commitment and knowledge were key to finding some of the last remaining populations.
As a Game ranger and Giant Sable Shepherd in the Luando Nature Reserve, Manuel and his colleagues track and protect the antelope, and with no vehicle on the reserve, that means walks of up to 50km. And of course, danger from poachers is ever present – “guns and traps are always there” says Manuel. “I like to say that I am like the chameleon – he walks slow and it may seem that he’s standing still, but he goes far; and when the bush fires come he is quick to react and moves out of danger!” Manuel’s dedication to the #GiantSable is remarkable and inspiring to us all and he is an incredibly deserving winner of the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award. “I’m very happy and proud. And it is very important for me to feel that I was not forgotten.” Thank you Manuel for everything you do!
Who will be the 2017 Winner of the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award?
WHO WILL BE THE 2017 TUSK AWARD WINNERS? 🍾
The Tusk Awards give us a chance to celebrate extraordinary people, whose work and lives might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields. Their work with wildlife and communities in Africa safeguards the future for us all. 🐘
There are 3 awards that are given out each year, the Wildlife Ranger Award, the Tusk Conservation Award in Africa and the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa!
The Wildlife Ranger Award gives international recognition to the men and women who face danger every day to protect Africa’s wildlife. Rangers often work for little reward, risking and regularly losing their lives to protect the world’s wildlife and its fragile ecosystems.
Tusk Conservation Award in Africa is given to an individual who has been judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist in recognition of their outstanding contribution to, and considerable success, in their chosen field. The three finalists are present at the Awards Ceremony, with the winner being announced on the night.
The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa is a lifetime achievement award, recognising an outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa.
We are 5 weeks away from the 2017 Tusk Awards and CELEBRATING this year's unsung HEROS!
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. Their work with wildlife and communities in Africa safeguards the future for us all.
Follow our page to hear all about the Tusk Awards and this year's nominees!
Did you know that the majority of the rangers that protect the Mountain Bongo have actually never seen one in the wild??? If you head to Woburn Safari Park during this weeks Tusk charity event you could be one of those lucky people that see these incredible animals... We have some exciting news from our project partners the Bongo Surveillance Project as they capture a tiny bongo on a camera trap in the Aberdares. The group found in the Salient (Karuria)Aberdares continues to grow 😀
Thanks to @woburn_safari for supporting Tusk and thank you to the Bongo Surveillance Project for all the great work they do!
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Woburn Safari Park is running its Tusk charity event week from the 21st August to the 29th August and all proceeds got to Tusk!
Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) is just one of Tusk projects partners that will benefit from proceeds raised during this week!
Here is what the Mount Kenya Trust have been up to recently:
For many decades, the Imenti Forest Reserve has suffered from excessive habitat destruction and degradation. A report on the status of Mt Kenya ecosystems, published in 1999, revealed: ‘The natural forest of the Lower Imenti is mostly decimated, with more than 90 per cent of the tree canopy having been removed to provide land for crops, in particular potatoes, maize and beans.’ The state of the land remains the same today.
Despite this, Dr VanLeeuwe 2016 survey found that the majority of Mt Kenya’s elephants were concentrated this area – an unusual finding as with more human activity, this typically means fewer elephants and vice versa. 🐘
What’s being done?
In January 2017, MKT started a two-year project on security, research and reafforestation of large areas with indigenous trees. This includes a full time 5 man ranger team, elephant use, movement and population surveys during the wet and dry season, along with a study for a second elephant corridor heading north. The entire area is currently being secured with a completely game proof fence.
Thanks to the elephant collaring work by Save The Elephants, we already know that one elephant is still moving between Imenti and the Samburu area further north. Community narratives suggest many more including family groups, so the need for an elephant gate and corridor needs to be verified.
Thank you, @woburn_safari for all your support and thanks to @woburn_safari @mountkenyatrust for all your great work!
Our project partner Lewa Wildlife Conservancy continues to protect an abundance of wildlife and work closely with the communities surround Lewa.
Lewa offers families living near its boundaries improved economic opportunities with our comprehensive education and women’s microcredit programmes, community-managed water projects, and access to health care within four health clinics. Lewa benefits thousands of children in local schools by opening doors to a future with more possibilities than those available to their parents and grandparents.
Here are just some of the ways in which Lewa has helped educate children in the surrounding communities!
Happy World Lion Day! 🦁
Did you know that the African lion population has declined by 43% in the last 20 years and lions now occupy only 8% of their historical range in Africa. 🦁
In Kenya, the national population now numbers less than 2,000 individuals.
To help us and our project partners continue to work with these incredible animals please consider donating, every little bit helps 😉
In 1970 it was estimated the lion populations was around 200,000+ but in 2016 it was estimated there are only 25,000 left in the wild.....
Tusk's project partner AfriCat has been working to save the large carnivores of Namibia since 1993. An increasing human population and greater demand on food production have caused environmental degradation and habitat loss throughout the country, placing large carnivores in direct competition with farmers.
Tusk has supported AfriCat for many years, providing key funding for the environmental education programme. Tusk supported the purchase of a plane for transport and tracking of animals and the materials, and funded the construction of the fence for the original 4,500ha cheetah rehabilitation enclosure (which has now merged with a 16,000ha nature reserve to form one large park of 200km²). Thank you to @africat_foundation for this beautiful photo!
Follow our page to hear more about Tusk's project partners and their great work! .