Four Zebra grazing on an African plain

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.

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2022 Tusk Conservation Awards

Now in its 10th year, the prestigious Tusk Conservation Awards, in partnership with Ninety One, raise the profile of conservation leaders and their significant impact on wildlife and communities across Africa.

The 2022 Tusk Conservation Awards ceremony took place at Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday, 1 November.

“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 Prince of Wales

Ninety One For Tomorrow

Ninety One is the founding sponsor of the annual Tusk Conservation Awards. To mark the 10-year anniversary of the awards, we are launching a special initiative in charity investment that aligns our purpose, values and expertise with the needs of Tusk for the long term.

Our CEO, Hendrik du Toit, explains, in this video.

Investment involves risks. The value of investments, and any income generated from them, can fall as well as rise.

Specific risks: Sustainable, impact or other sustainability-focused portfolios consider specific factors related to their strategies in assessing and selecting investments. As a result, they will exclude certain industries and companies that do not meet their criteria. This may result in their portfolios being substantially different from broader benchmarks or investment universes, which could in turn result in relative investment performance deviating significantly from the performance of the broader market.

2022 Tusk Conservation Awards winners
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 recipient of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa is:

Miguel Goncalves - Park Warden - National Administration for Conservation Areas, Mozambique

Miguel Goncalves
Miguel has worked within the Maputo National Park since 1999, becoming Park Warden in 2008. Under Miguel’s inspirational leadership across the last 12 years, the park has changed dramatically from a free-for-all hunting ground to a landscape able to support thriving populations of wildlife and recovering ecosystems, both in the ocean and on land. His drive and passion, combined with a deep knowledge of his local area, has enabled him to become a leader and advocate for community conservation and education across borders and cultures.

"I believe in the work that I do passionately. I can see the difference the team has made over the last 12 years and the impact we have had on the surrounding communities, who are our foremost partners in the landscape."


Ninety One also congratulates the two other finalists:

David Daballen - Samburu Operations Director at Save The Elephants (Kenya)

David Baballen
David is an ambassador and warrior for elephants. During the past 20 years, he’s been involved in more than 100 collaring operations and can identify 500 individuals.

Described by distinguished National Geographic writer, David Quammen as ‘a high school leaver with a PhD mind’, David has a deep understanding of ecology and animal behaviour. This comes both from his Samburu culture and from his regular work alongside top international scientists. He never fails to inspire with his enthusiasm, knowledge and high personal standards. He combines the challenges of running a research programme in the field with successfully negotiating the complicated politics of northern Kenya.

"We have to carry the mantle to the next generation. What really gives me hope is there are so many vibrant Kenyans interested in conservation coming up behind me. That is my driving force and my strength."


Dismas Partalala Ole Meitaya - Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) and Programme Co-ordinator – Yaeda & Lake Eyasi - Tanzania

Dismas Partalala Ole Meitaya
Dismas, a Maasai from the Loliondo district, is a true grassroots conservationist - someone whose first priority is helping indigenous communities secure their rights over their lands and natural resources, define conservation from their cultural perspective, and build a durable system of land and wildlife protection on that foundation.

In his role as a programme coordinator for Ujamaa Community Resource Team, the 48-year-old self-taught conservationist has been instrumental in securing land rights for the local Hadzabe community, with 100,500 hectares of land secured by law since 2011.

"When I discovered these communities needed help, I knew I had to be the one. If I do this, then I can I die knowing I did something in this world."


To find out about previous winners of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa please visit the Tusk Awards Website:

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