Meet the 3 chosen finalists for the Tusk Conservation Award in this powerful article by Sarah Marshall in The Telegraph on the lead up to the Tusk Conservation Awards on November 1 2022.
David Daballen – on a mission to protect elephants
“It was hard to see a massive animal like that being wasted,” he says, frustrated by the futility of so many losses. “If they’re alive, elephants benefit all of us. But if they’re being killed, [money] only goes to an individual. It’s super-selfish and an embarrassment to humanity that we destroy our own heritage.”
Dismas Partalala – a protector of the forest
“The Hadzabe are one of the oldest cultures in Tanzania,” explains Patalala, enjoying a gift of freshly harvested honey. “But they are very innocent people, so they don’t fight back if neighbours enter their land. They are not cultivating or employed. They depend on the forest to survive.”
Miguel Gonçalves – secured a haven for wildlife
“You think big all the time but it’s the small things that bring you into contact with people,” says the 49-year-old, who’s 14 years’ experience in conservation have led him to equate the health of wildlife with the wellbeing of people in and around the park.