Congratulations to our 2017 finalists for the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award.
Solomon Chidunuka based in the Northern Province of #Zambia is Senior Wildlife Warden for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. North Luangwa National Park holds Zambia’s only population of black rhino and working with Frankfurt Zoological Society no rhino have been lost under his watch. North .
Lucky Ndlovu based in #Kruger National Park leads a dedicated team who since 2014 have been involved in the arrest and neutralization of sixty-six poachers and the recovery of thirty-eight rifles.
Announcing the shortlist for the fifth Tusk Awards for Conservation in Africa, Charlie Mayhew, CEO said “Thanks to the extraordinary achievements of all this year’s entrants, choosing just three finalists was an almost impossible task. And for the first time, the judges have chosen two finalists for the frontline Wildlife Ranger Award.” Charlie Mayhew @charlie_mayhew .
To read more about the awards head to www.tuskawards.com. @telegraph@kensingtonroyal .
We are really excited to announce the 2017 finalists for the Tusk Awards for Conservation in Africa.
Brighton Kumchedwa has dedicated his life to conserving the wildlife of #Malawi, now southern Africa’s major illegal wildlife trade route. @lilongwewildlife
Nachamada Geoffrey for his inspirational work leading a team in #Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve. @thewcs
Serah Munguti for her work in #Kenya’s biodiverse Tana River Delta, where communities were seriously threatened by land grabs for large agricultural development. @nature_kenya
The Duke of Cambridge, Tusks Royal Patron said: “These awards which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa’s precious wildlife for its people. It is vital that we recognize the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation’s frontline. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.” @kensingtonroyal Palace
Want to win a life changing experience in Southern Africa? Today Tusk is delighted to announce the launch of #DoMoreForAfrica - a competition in partnership with Avios. We are really excited to have been working with Avios to offer 3 life-changing trips to volunteer on a conservation project in Africa. This exciting initiative is also endorsed by Tusk Patron, Katherine Jenkins OBE.
3 lucky winners will each receive a placement on 1 of the volunteering projects in Southern Africa, supported by Tusk, plus return flights to South Africa, 2 nights in 5 star hotel accommodation thanks to Mantis Collection, a GoPro to capture their experience and an invitation to attend the 2018 Tusk Conservation Awards in London.
The Tusk-supported projects in Southern Africa are The Vulture Conservation Project in South Africa, Mokolodi Education Centre and Nature Reserve in Botswana, and The Nakavango Conservation Programme in Zimbabwe. .
To enter now head to this website. https://more-for-africa.avios.com @aviostravel@realkathjenkins .
The Lower Zambezi canine unit is made up of four handlers and two dogs, and has been in training since May 2016. The unit will be moving between trafficking ‘hotspots’ in the area surrounding the park to strangle channels of movement of illegal wildlife products, as well as acting as a deterrent. The highly trained dogs are imprinted with the scent of ivory, pangolin scales, bush meat, firearms and ammunition, and along with their specially trained handlers, will be deployed to detect these products when vehicles, border posts, people and villages are searched.
Today we celebrate #Turtles, these incredible creatures have existed successfully for over 100 million years. They travel throughout the world's oceans and harness the ocean’s entire ecosystem from the beaches to ocean basins.
Did you know that the mountain bongo is the largest and heaviest of forest antelope? Yet the bongo is one the hardest forest antelope to see in the wild, so much so that the majority of the sightings are captured only on camera traps.
Read all about these incredible animals and the work that has been done to protect them by Bongo Surveillance Project on our website..
Uniquely adapted for speed, the #cheetah is capable of reaching speeds greater than 110 kilometers per hour in just over 3 seconds, and at top speed their stride is 7 meters long. With its long legs and very slender body, the cheetah is quite different from all other cats and is the only member of its genus, Acinonyx. The cheetah’s unique morphology and physiology allow it to attain the extreme speeds for which it’s famous, and is often referred to as the greyhound of cats.
Community Centred Conservation (C3) was borne out of the aspirations of three young people in Palau!
C3 has continued to focused on a two-way process for conservation; learning from local communities about their innate knowledge of environmental resources and at the same time providing them with the information they required from collaborative scientific studies to make their own decisions about sustainable resource management.
Tusk is proud to support the @blackmambaapu Unit and the great work they do on a daily basis! Here is a brief introduction into what they do!
The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit was founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa and created to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve and has since expanded to cover the entire Balule area, 400km².
Our Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is the first of its kind, being that the majority of our teams are women. We have currently deployed 26 Black Mambas and a further 23 armed guards that operate within Balule and along its boundaries.
Anti-poaching is a major need in the area and we are constantly plagued by rhino and bush-meat poachers. Apart from antelopes, other endangered species such as wild dogs and cheetah are also sadly the victims of snaring.
Happy #Mothers Day to all those special Mums out there!
@biglifefoundation works around the clock to ensure these beautiful #lions have a future.
There are less that 2,000 lions left in #Kenya. Due to the ongoing conflict between man and lion the African lion population has fallen from 200,000 to less than 20,000 in the last two decades.
To help with the conflict in the Amboseli Ecosystem Big Life Launched the Predator Compensation Fund, which compensates the local Maasai for the loss of their livestock to predators, including lions, cheetah, hyena, leopard and others. With the fund in place, the killing stopped immediately.
Due to the drought in Northern #Kenya a lot of animals are struggling to find water. #Elephants tend to share the water wells with pastoral communities. Unfortunately, this means a number of elephants calves fall into the wells and are unable to get out, even with the help of their mothers and the rest of the herd.
When this little one was found by @kenyawildlifeservice and @r.e.s.c.u.e they waited for 36 hours to see if the herd would return. Unfortunately after a long wait and no sign of the herd, the decision was made to move the #ellie to the Reteti Orphanage.
Magnificent animals! #Cheetahs are beautiful cats and there are very few left in the wild. @africat_foundation has been working tirelessly 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. It is not known how many carnivores are killed each year across Namibia, but it is clear that long-term conservation will only succeed with the support of rural and farming communities.
Tusk has supported AfriCat for many years, providing key funding for the environmental education programme.
Did you know that there are approximately 4000 breeding pairs of Cape Vulture in existence and only 10,000 individuals globally. The species has been classified as extinct in Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe as it no longer breeds in these regions.
Since 2009, Tusk has provided annual grants to Vulpro; mainly to fund monitoring of the Cape vulture populations, #community workshops and development of the #Vulture Centre.
Help Tusk and @vulpro1 to continue protecting these incredible birds by donating to Tusk.