The judges said "Clive Stockil was one of Africa's greatest conservation pioneers"

The judges said “Clive Stockil was one of Africa’s greatest conservation pioneers”

Zimbabwe’s Clive Stockil was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his work with rhinos by the wildlife charity Tusk Trust, where he was one of five nominees. The Tusk Trust Conservation Awards were held at The Royal Society on Thursday in London, England.

Mr Stockil “is one of Africa’s great conservation pioneers, who long before many others recognised how critical it is to engage local communities in the conservation of their natural heritage,” one of the Tusk Conservation Awards judges said.

“Despite many setbacks, Clive Stockil has never waivered from his overall commitment to conservation.”

His career spans 40 years and in 1992 he helped create Zimbabwe’s biggest private reserve in the Save Valley in the the south-east of the country, which is now home to one of the biggest rhino populations in Africa.

Prince William at the Tusk Trust Conservation Awards

Prince William at the Tusk Trust Conservation Awards

The lifetime Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa comes with a £30,000 ($47,000) grant.

This is the first year of the Tusk Conservation Awards and the event was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first joint engagement since the birth of their son in July.

Prince William is a patron of the Tusk Trust, which supports 57 field projects in 18 African countries.

 

From: www.bbc.co.uk

Date: 13 September 2013