On Friday (24 February), Tusk CEO Charlie Mayhew was among the attendees at a consultation on the ivory trade held at Number 10 Downing Street, hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Also at the meeting were MP for North Shropshire, Owen Paterson and Environmentalists for Europe co-chairman, writer, former MEP and environmentalist Stanley Johnson.
Posting on Twitter after the consultation, Mr Mayhew thanked Mr Johnson for “hosting a very positive meeting discussing illegal wildlife trade.” He added that it was “good to know the Foreign Office is so supportive Tusk.”
Well that is excellent news which will hopefully translate into action https://t.co/MIbwX9Tecf
— Deborah Meaden (@DeborahMeaden) February 24, 2017
Tusk supports more than 60 field projects in 19 African countries that not only work to protect wildlife, but also help to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside the wildlife. As the ever-expanding human population and its demand for more land brings increasing conflict with wildlife, Tusk’s aim is to forge an inextricable link between the preservation of Africa’s natural heritage and the future of its land, culture and people.
Conservation of wildlife remains a key objective with substantial funding being applied towards the protection of threatened species such as elephant, rhino, cheetah, chimpanzee, mountain and lowland gorilla, African wild dog, giant sable and even marine species such as turtles.
Tusk has, with its partners in the field, been at the forefront of promoting and funding community driven conservation programmes. The charity’s holistic approach recognises that the long-term future for wildlife is dependent on education and sustainable development.
HRH the Duke of Cambridge became the charity’s Royal Patron in 2005 and has been a proactive supporter of Tusk’s work ever since.