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November 25, 2014 15:39 ET

HRH The Duke of Cambridge Presents the Tusk Conservation Awards 2014

Duke presents The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa and announces his plan to introduce a new award for Rangers

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Nov. 25, 2014) - The Duke of Cambridge attended the 2014 Tusk Conservation Awards at Claridge's in London this evening. As patron of Tusk, Prince William presented awards to two leading conservationists for their outstanding work in Africa.

The prestigious Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, sponsored by Investec Asset Management, was given to Richard Bonham in recognition of his lifetime contribution to wildlife and the Maasai community in Kenya.

The Tusk Award for emerging leaders in conservation - an award sponsored by Land Rover - was presented to Herizo Andrianandrasana, from Madagascar.

Closing the ceremony, the Duke said, "The work of this year's finalists serves to illustrate some of our greatest conservation challenges: dramatic loss of lion; poaching of elephant and rhino; deforestation; and the critical need for community involvement."

He also took the opportunity to announce a new award for 2015, "which will recognize the extraordinary bravery and commitment of Wildlife Rangers. These are the men and women at the frontline of the battle - and it is a battle - to save some of the world's most iconic species."

Continuing a theme that he has voiced in the past, he stressed, "These people cannot face the bullets and the threats alone. It is up to governments and intra-national bodies to unite behind them, and to play a meaningful part in ensuring that their efforts on the ground are fruitful."

The gala evening was attended by a host of high profile guests including Charley Boorman, Rory Bremner, David Gower, Katherine Jenkins and Andrew Levitas, Deborah Meaden, Camilla Kerslake, and Simon King. The awards ceremony was hosted by the broadcaster, Kate Silverton, who is herself a Patron of the Charity.

More about the awards

  • The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, sponsored by Investec Asset Management

Richard Bonham, the winner of the 2014 Prince William Award was recognized by the independent judging panel of experts for his steadfast and lifetime commitment to the promotion of wildlife conservation in Kenya and mitigation of human wildlife conflict. In addition to the trophy commissioned by Tiffany & Co, Bonham receives a grant of £30,000 towards his conservation work.

Charlie Mayhew MBE, CEO of Tusk, said, "Richard is one of Africa's true unsung heroes of conservation. His greatest challenge has been, and remains, to sustain the vast ecosystem of Amboseli and Tsavo in Kenya through a holistic approach - addressing the major threats to the Maasai community and their way of life, the fragile wilderness, and its wildlife. He is the person who changed perceptions in the tourist industry and showed how eco-tourism could meld wildlife conservation with community development in Kenya."

  • The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, sponsored by Land Rover

Herizo Andrianandrasana, the winner of the 2014 Tusk Award, was born and raised in Madagascar. Having witnessed first-hand the huge environmental challenges facing his country, his response has been to pioneer the empowerment of local communities to conserve the natural environments they depend on, leading programmes across seven globally important conservation areas, with a combined surface area of 3,500 km2. The Tusk Award and grant of £15,000 recognise his achievements and his leadership of a generation of Africans looking to make a sustainable difference to environmental preservation.

The two other finalists who travelled to London for the awards ceremony were Dr Amy Dickman of the Ruaha Carnivore Project for her ground-breaking work conserving lions and working with the Barabaig tribe in Tanzania, and Kenyan community conservationist, David Kuria, who founded The Kijabe Environment Volunteers, to protect the one of Kenya's most important forests and water catchment areas. Dickman and Kuria will both receive grants for their projects.

Investec Asset Management's CEO, Hendrik du Toit, added, "Given our commitment to the continent and its people, we identify with Tusk's mission. It is a privilege to be associated with Tusk, which has been working for over two decades towards building a sustainable future for Africa's natural heritage."

Notes to Editors

  1. Tusk has been working since 1990 to build a sustainable future for the African continent and its wildlife. Since its formation in 1990 Tusk Trust with its affiliate, Tusk USA, has raised £25m 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.

    HRH The Duke of Cambridge became Royal Patron of Tusk Trust in December 2005 and he has actively supported the charity's work both privately and publicly on many occasions. In June 2010, The Duke visited the work of Tusk in Botswana with his brother Prince Harry during their first joint overseas tour. It has been both the Prince's and the charity's long-term ambition to create an awards programme to celebrate outstanding achievement in African conservation. The inaugural event at The Royal Society in September 2013, attended by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, became the focus of the TV documentary, "Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope" broadcast by ITV and CNN around the world.

  2. Open to nominations from across the continent of Africa, the Tusk Conservation Awards comprise two unique awards:

    The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa is a lifetime achievement award, given to a distinguished individual for their outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa. The winning individual will be presented with a grant, provided by Investec Asset Management, to assist their chosen project.

    The Tusk Conservation Award, supported by Land Rover, recognises an up-and-coming conservationist whose work has already demonstrated an exceptional commitment to conservation and has made a significant impact. The award winner will be presented with grants to further their work.

  3. As headline partner of the Tusk Awards, Investec Asset Management is supporting the awards infrastructure, the ceremony and will be providing a grant to the winner of The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa. Investec Asset Management is a specialist investment manager, providing a premier range of products to institutional and individual investors. Employees are equity stakeholders in the firm. Established in 1991, the firm has been built from start-up into an international business managing approximately US$123bn (as at end June 2014) on behalf of third party clients. We have grown from domestic roots in Southern Africa and the UK to a position where we proudly serve a growing international client base from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. We employ over 145 investment professionals. The firm seeks to create a profitable partnership between clients, shareholders and employees, and to exceed clients' performance and service expectations. Investec Asset Management is a significant component and independently managed entity within the Investec Group, which is listed in London and Johannesburg.

  4. Additional corporate support is being given by Land Rover to sponsor The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa. British Airways, a longstanding partner of Tusk, is providing flights. The award winners will be presented with specially commissioned trophies designed by Tiffany & Co. Accommodation for the award winners and judges is being provided by the Draycott Hotel (part of the Mantis Group). Moët & Chandon is supplying the Champagne and wines for the event.

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