Coronavirus isn't just affecting people. It threatens to undo decades of wildlife conservation progress in Africa
For 30 years, Tusk has supported some of the most successful conservation projects across the African continent. We are incredibly proud to celebrate their achievements and to highlight their extraordinary dedication to conservation.
But this year our partners have had to deal with an unprecedented threat to their work. The fight against the Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything - its economic shockwave wreaking havoc across Africa. The consequences for Tusk's projects are profound. Their work is now set against a backdrop of uncertainty for the future.
Countless African species are at risk, from iconic savanna-wandering elephant and wild dog to elusive forest-dwelling okapi and mountain gorilla. If we don't act now to ensure our conservation partners can hold the front line, a future for wildlife in Africa hangs in the balance.
We will not stop in our efforts to protect decades of work and investment and we need your help. Donate now to build a future for wildlife conservation in Africa.
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"Decades of conservation progress in Africa are at risk... To safeguard our conservation gains, we must ensure that African conservationists can hold the front line and maintain their work in anti-poaching, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, species protection and habitat restoration that is so vital to Africa's economy, people and wildlife."
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Covid-19 has created a crisis in wildlife conservation across the world - but none more so than in Africa
Although the devastating consequences that Covid-19 will most likely cause in Africa are still unknown, the collapse in tourism and the wider economy is threatening rural livelihoods and conservation efforts, with fears that this will lead to an increase in poaching and habitat loss.
A loss of livelihoods will have a devastating impact on entire communities. There have been large-scale redundancies within the conservation and tourism sectors. This loss of income severely impacts whole families and their ability to fund their basic needs.
An increase in poaching is expected. The loss of livelihoods is already driving an increase in illegal bushmeat hunting as a way for people to feed their families and earn an income. The fear is that there will also be a new upsurge in poaching of rhino and elephant as people become more desperate, and the ability to protect the parks is being compromised.
Tusk's fundraising events have been cancelled due to Coronavirus. But we must continue to support our long-standing partners as they need funding more than ever. Through the Tusk Crisis Appeal we aim to ensure that our project partners can carry on their essential work and survive this challenging time.
At Tusk, we support over 50 conservation programmes across the African continent that protect more than 40 threatened and endangered species
We believe strategic conservation can empower local communities and improve livelihoods. We support and promote effective environmental education designed to provide a more sustainable future for the next generation.
It’s an approach that works. Through our partnerships, we continue to witness very significant progress, providing greater protection for over 70 million hectares of land and more than 40 different threatened species, while benefitting more than 7,500,000 people.
Supporting local partners makes a real, effective difference to conservation success across the African continent
Tusk supports a broad network of effective and impactful conservation projects across the African continent. A donation to Tusk is the most effective way to make a real, targeted difference to the jobs and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands in more than 20 countries.
We remain in regular contact with our partners in Africa, many of whom continue to struggle with the effects of the Covid-19 crisis. The loss of tourism and donor income has impacted many of them in their ability to carry on their essential work during this crisis. :
Conservation South Luangwa, Zambia
“Tourism, like everywhere else has come to a grinding halt and it is going to remain like this for a long time. At this uncertain time when the lodges are quiet or closed, staff have been laid off, people are hungry, we are likely to see a big increase in poaching any day.”
Tsavo Trust, Kenya
“From a wildlife conservation perspective and focusing on Tsavo, tourism has collapsed overnight. This has meant that the mainstream revenue for Kenya Wildlife Service is no longer flowing. We will still operate, but at 50% capacity if we are to continue all the work that has so painstakingly taken to deliver over the last seven years.”
CLAWS Conservancy, Botswana
“Our primary worry during this time is poaching. With all of the tourist lodges closed and no staff patrolling the area, the furloughed and unemployed are home without easy access to food – so we are expecting a significant increase in poaching.”
From all of us at Tusk, and on behalf of all of our partners on the ground, thank you for your support at this difficult time - and for helping us to protect African wildlife