Very sad news coming in from our project partner ruaha carnivore project 😔
six lions and 74 vultures have died to due to a poisoned carcass just outside ruaha national park, tanzania. poisoning is a common response to human-wildlife conflict, this is why it is important we do as much as possible to ensure this kind of events doesn't happen again!
ruaha carnivore project continues to work with local communities to decrease the chances of this happening. predator proofing fencing and engaging local communities are just some of the examples of the work ruaha does, to stop these events happening but there is still much more to do!
please donate to tusk so we can continue to support our project partner ruaha carnivore project and our other projects to help decrease the chances of this happening again!
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"during my career i have sadly seen us move from a period of plenty in terms of wildlife to a period of huge losses. we must work every day to ensure that our wildlife and forests are not lost. the wildlife crisis we are facing is terrifying, but we are in a position to make a difference, before it is too late. that’s what i remind myself every day." brighton kumchedwa, winner of the 2017 tusk award for conservation in africa! 🐘
brighton kumchedwa is a highly personable, strategic and dedicated conservationist. he has dedicated his life to conserving malawi’s wildlife and has spent his entire career within the department of national parks and wildlife (dnpw), starting as a parks officer before and working his way up to his current position of director of dnpw. 🐘
the tusk award for conservation in africa is given to an individual who has been judged to be emerging as a leading conservationist in recognition of their outstanding contribution to, and considerable success, in their chosen field.
please nominate someone out-of-the-ordinary for the 2018 awards now! #foralltheydo clink on the 🔗 in our bio ☝️ thank you, brighton for all the work you have done!
In the past year, 45 captive cranes were rehabilitated and reintroduced to akagera national park! overall, rwanda wildlife conservation association (rwca) has now removed 196 grey crowned cranes from captivity.
this is a huge benefit to the grey crowned crane population in rwanda!
with support from tusk our project partners rwca have been able to train a group of 16 ex-poachers as marsh rangers to contribute to law enforcement and crane monitoring. the co-operative now consists of 20 members and they are met on a monthly basis to build on the initial training.
dr. olivier nsengimana was also a tusk award for conservation finalist in 2016! nominations for the 2018 tusk awards are now open, please nominate someone out-of-the-ordinary by heading to the tusk awards website by clicking on the 🔗 in our bio ☝️ follow our page for more great stories from our project partners!
great work saving endangered grey crowned cranes in rwanda
photo credit: saving endangered grey crowned cranes in rwanda
The movement of people and their livestock into wildlife areas is common. a major risk of this is the spread of diseases from their livestock/pets to the wildlife population.
recently this was witnessed by the painted dog conservation as they lost the whole mabuyamabhema pack to rabies. we are very sad to have heard this news. "rabies and distemper - diseases borne by domestic dogs - permeate the pack through one dog. a sick dog can ultimately infect her caregivers and wipe the entire pack out. likewise, while bloodlines are weakening due to thinning packs, the challenge is to strengthen gene pools. the components of genetics, as well as identification and containment of disease, are integral parts of the painted dog conservation effort." @painted_dog_conservation
tusk's project partner the painted dog conservation continues to do incredible work contribution to the future of painted dogs and the lives of the local people.
please help tusk and the painted dog conservation continue protecting these lovely animals by donating - visit our website by clicking on the 🔗 in our bio ☝️. like our page for more news from our project partners.
photo credits 📷: @painted_dog_conservation .
We are extremely saddened to hear about the death of nico, longleat's much-loved western lowland gorilla. 🦍
nico, who was one of the oldest silverback gorillas in the world, passed away in his sleep on 7th january.🦍 at tusk we work with a number of project partners to help protect gorillas and conserve their environment.
over the years tusk has worked with the environment and rural development foundation (erudef) in cameroon, where one of the world’s 25 most endangered species, the cross river #gorilla (gorilla gorilla diehli) is on the verge of global extinction. the most critically endangered of all african primates, only 300 cross river gorilla remain in the wild, spread across 11 fragmented localities within the cameroonian and nigerian border region.
tusk has been supporting erudef in their efforts to protect great apes in the lebialem highlands since 2007. tusk’s support has, for instance, enabled the purchase of a 4wd truck, allowing the project to rapidly expand its area of fieldwork and start investigations into the unexplored forest.
tusk also supports a number of other gorilla projects such as the pole pole foundation in the democratic republic of congo and conservation through public health in uganda.
in honour of nico please consider donating to tusk so we can continue supporting our projects partners. to donate please clicking on the 🔗 in our bio ☝️ or head to
thank you @longleatofficial for this lovely image of nico.