The Luxury Channel, as a guest of Land Rover, joined Tusk and its Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge to recognise excellence in conservation in Africa. Dr. Emmanuel de Merode was presented the 2015 Tusk Conservation Award at the awards ceremony held at Claridge’s in London. The award, sponsored by Land Rover, celebrates emerging leaders in conservation in Africa whose work has made a significant impact. The Duke of Cambridge revealed he was “honoured to support the Tusk Conservation Awards once again,” adding: “There is so much great work being undertaken by some truly inspirational people who never seek the limelight and, when I hear about their achievements, it gives me a real sense of hope for the future.”
Dr. Emmanuel was awarded for his commitment to conservation and his remarkable achievements protecting Virunga’s exceptional biodiversity throughout 25 years of civil war and life-threatening situations. Amongst many achievements, he has brokered agreements with rebel leaders enabling his rangers to return to their homes and work. He has also established long-term development programmes to secure the future economic viability of Virunga.
Land Rover’s collaboration with Tusk started over 15 years ago, when they first supported the Lewa Marathon in Kenya. The Trust has also been supported with Land Rover vehicles, which are in constant use supporting the Trust’s work across Africa.
The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa – Garth Owen-Smith
The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa – Dr. Emmanuel de Merode
The Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award – Edward Ndiritu
Tusk Trust – www.tusk.org
Land Rover – www.landrover.co.uk
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