The Tusk Conservation Symposium 2019 saw representatives from 45 Tusk-supported projects across 16 African countries assemble at the Mt Kenya Safari Club in Kenya from 7th-10th October. Generously sponsored by ISPS Handa, the 4-day gathering comprised a mixture of workshops, 3-minute “success spotlights”, training sessions, open debates and networking. Participants also had a day in the field at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and a poignant visit to see the planet’s last two surviving Northern White Rhinos at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

The most significant impact from the Symposium will be the relationships and collaborative ventures that flow from it. At the outset, Tusk offered up a fund to enable exchange visits and the development of joint initiatives. As a result, 21 proposals were submitted – a clear demonstration of delegates’ collective desire to collaborate. The intention is that the majority of these requests will be granted travel bursaries by Tusk. The importance of this was hailed by leading Kenyan conservationist Dr Winnie Kiiru of The Elephant Protection Initiative in her highly entertaining and thought-provoking keynote speech during the closing reception, which was attended by many from the Kenyan conservation community as well as senior representatives of the Kenyan Government and The British High Commission.

We are incredibly grateful to all our partners who joined us for this Symposium and made it such a success, and we are hugely indebted to ISPS Handa, for making it possible through their generous sponsorship. We would also like to acknowledge the very kind contribution from Milton Group LLC, who sponsored the closing reception