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Tusk Trust - Protecting Wildlife, Supporting Communities, Promoting Education

Tusk Trust is a dynamic organisation founded in 1990, which has considerable experience initiating and funding conservation and community development programmes right across Africa. Tusk’s range of over 40 field projects is intended not only to protect wildlife, particularly endangered species, but also to help alleviate poverty, through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside wildlife.

As the ever expanding human population and its demand for more land brings it into increasing and often disastrous conflict with wildlife, Tusk’s aim is to forge an inextricable link between the preservation of Africa’s natural heritage and the future of it's land, culture and peoples. Tusk works to resolve such conflict by engaging global support for its holistic approach to wildlife conservation which recognises that the long-term future for wildlife is dependant on improving education and promoting sustainable development programmes, which in turn create employment, increase security, and stimulate nature based enterprises

Tusk strives to provide practical, logistical and financial support to the projects it supports. This includes the purchase of vehicles, aircraft, radio equipment, as well as the construction of primary and secondary schools, clinics, water improvement schemes, roads, buildings, bridges and airstrips, in addition to covering the direct costs of game scouts and wildlife management.

Tusk has earned a reputation for being non-bureaucratic and maximising donor funds reaching the field.

Supported by UK celebrities such as Rory Bremner, Ronnie Wood, Griff Rhys Jones, Joanna Lumley, Ruby Wax, Zoe Ball, Ben Fogle and Alistair McGowan, the charity’s work to deliver direct sustainable conservation has been widely covered on television and in the media. In 2005 Prince William became the charity’s Royal Patron.

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