The annual Tusk Award celebrates outstanding achievement in the field of African conservation. Every year the Tusk Trust award a £15,000 grant to support and develop one individual going above and beyond in their field.

Land Rover is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring the 2014 Tusk Conservation Award. Tusk select three up-and-coming conservationists whose work has already demonstrated an exceptional commitment to conservation and provide one individual with a grant of £15,000.

This work can take place within the spheres of protecting endangered species or threatened habitat, promotion of environmental education and the development of community-driven conservation.

Last year's winner, Tom Lalampaa said, "The award has been well received in Kenya by everyone from the British High Commission to the village elders in the communities I work with. The award was not about me, it was about the incredible people I work with and the Northern Rangelands Trust.

"I was extremely inspired by the work of my fellow finalists last year and I applaud their commitments and achievements. I hope these awards will continue to inspire a new generation of future Conservation leaders in Africa and across the world."

The shortlisted nominees for the 2014 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa are as follows:

Amy Dickman (Tanzania)
Amy has achieved vital conservation successes in one of Africa's most carnivore-rich environments by working alongside local communities to reduce intense conflict with the region's lion population.
Ruaha Carnivore Project

David Kuria (Kenya)
David is a true grassroots conservationist, having created and steered The Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO), a community-based forum, over the past decade.

Herizo Andrianandrasana (Madagascar)
Herizo is a driving force behind the integration of local people into conservation management and monitoring in Madagascar, leads programmes across seven globally important conservation areas, four forest and three wetland sites, with a combined surface area of 3,500 km2.

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