Tusk Conservation Awards

Co-created in 2013, Ninety One proudly partners with Tusk on the annual Tusk Conservation Awards to celebrate the extraordinary people who work with wildlife and communities in Africa to protect the continent’s irreplaceable natural assets.
Co-created in 2013, Ninety One proudly partners with Tusk on the annual Tusk Conservation Awards to celebrate the extraordinary people who work with wildlife and communities in Africa to protect the continent’s irreplaceable natural assets.
These awards give us a chance to celebrate extraordinary people whose work and lives might otherwise go unnoticed outside their fields.

“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 recognise 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.”

Tusk's Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge
The 2021 Tusk Conservation Awards winners and finalists
The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa is awarded to an individual judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to conservation and considerable success shown in their chosen field.

The winner of the prestigious Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa is Julie Razafimanahaka.

Winner: Julie Razafimanahaka (Madagascar)

Madagasikara Voakajy (MV) - Executive Director

Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka

Julie oversees the organisation's mission to prevent the extinction of Madagascar’s endemic species. During Julie’s sixteen years in the field she has achieved a huge amount, becoming a true conservation leader. Julie’s leadership has enabled MV to establish four protected areas in the Ambatondrazaka district, eastern Madagascar, where colonies of the flying fox roost. Without Julie’s work, much less of the Mangabe rainforest would still be standing today.

Watch Julie's story here

 

Finalist: Dr Caleb Ofori-Boateng (Ghana)

Herp Conservation Ghana - Founder and Director

Dr Caleb-Ofari Boateng

Caleb started the NGO Herp Conservation Ghana to raise nationwide awareness and canvas support for amphibian conservation. As the first person to study and work for the protection of amphibians in Ghana, Caleb’s work with the government and communities has been impactful and inspiring. Caleb is among very few amphibian conservationists in West Africa - his research has resulted in the discovery of several new species to science and the rediscovery of populations that were thought to be extinct.

Watch Caleb's story here

 

Finalist: Rachel Ikemeh (Nigeria)

SW/Niger Delta Forest Project – Founder and Director

Rachel Ikemeh

Rachel’s work has focused on species-based and landscape-level conservation efforts. In 2012, Rachel established the SW/Niger Delta Forest Project and has served as its director since. Rachel’s persistence in working in one of the most insecure regions in the world, building strong community relations, establishing a community conservancy, and saving a Critically Endangered primate under these conditions is highly commendable and deserves recognition.

Watch Rachel's story here

 

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