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Friday, October 6, 2017

Wildlife Conservation News: The Duke of Cambridge honours the heroes saving Africa's wildlife

The Duke of Cambridge honours the heroes saving Africas wildlife

In the frequently bleak and bloody world of conservation, the transformation of Chad’s Zakouma National Park stands out as a rare success story.

Its elephant population of around 4,000 in the mid-2000s was butchered so savagely by Sudanese horsemen that scarcely 450 were left by 2010, the year a burly South African named Rian Labuschagne took over the park’s management. Moreover, those pachyderms that had survived the massacres were so stressed that they had stopped breeding.

Today, Zakouma’s elephant population is not only secure but growing. In recognition of that, Labuschagne this week received the prestigious Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, presented by Desmond Tutu at the fifth annual Tusk Conservation Awards ceremony in Cape Town. The 86-year-old former archbishop had been coaxed from retirement by the Duke of Cambridge, patron of the British-based charity.

At the same event, Graca Machel (Nelson Mandela’s widow) presented the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa to Brighton Kumchedwa (details below), while former president FW de Klerk handed the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award to joint recipients Solomon Chidunuka and Lucky Ndlovu for their anti-poaching work. 

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Source: The Telegraph

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