Africa wildlife conservation celebrated at awards ceremony

16th Sep 2013

Africa's role in wildlife conservation - and Kenya's in particular - has been recognised at an awards ceremony attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple attended the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards, which celebrates the work of wildlife conservationist campaigners, at London's Royal Society earlier this month.

Tom Lalampaa, a conservationist working in Kenya's Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), scooped the Conservation in Africa award, which honours emerging individuals.

The NRT helps preservation groups resolve conflicts and safeguard wildlife in Kenya.

More than 350 rangers are now better able to protect wildlife and local communities thanks to the NRT supporting them to attend Kenya Wildlife Service-run training courses.

Animals help Africa attract millions of visitors on wildlife-based specialist tours.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Mount Kenya National Park, a favourite among visitors on trekking holidays, and Lake Nakuru boast a multitude of stunning creatures.

Elsewhere in Africa, South Africa's Kruger National Park and Namibia's Etosha National Park help visitors see some of the world's biggest beasts in their natural habitats.

Prince William is royal patron of the UK-based African wildlife conservation charity Tusk Trust.

William told guests at the awards that his new baby son, George, has a voice to equal any lion's roar.

The Prince said both he and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, hope to introduce George to east Africa - a place they know and love.

He said the possibility of rhino extinction is bad enough for a child growing up in the west.

But, William added, this possibility that he or she may never experience what his parents and grandparents knew and treasured is "nothing more than immoral" for a child growing up in Africa.

Alasdair Harris, who helped start the Blue Ventures Conservation area which safeguards part of the coastline of Madagascar, was highly commended in the Conservation in Africa category.

Clive Stockil won the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa lifetime achievement honour for helping create Zimbabwe's biggest private reserve, which features one of the Africa's largest rhino populations.

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