Monday, 28 October 2013

Meet rhino saviour Clive Stockil

Rhino conservation pioneer Clive Stockil from Zimbabwe believes community-based conservation is vital for the survival of African wildlife and has been at its forefront for four decades. He is the founding chairman of the SavéValley Conservancy (which is now home to one of the country’s largest rhino populations), the chairman of the Lowveld Rhino Trust and a board member of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. Here he talks to Wild Travel about his life work and being the first-ever recipient of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa – a lifetime achievement award – at the 2013 Tusk Conservation Awards.

How do you feel to be the first recipient of the Prince William for Conservation in Africa award?

I truly did not expect this. When I received the letter from HRH Prince William informing me of the judge’s decision, I was humbled, encouraged, and excited. It was truly a great honour to receive this prestigious award.When the realisation of how important this recognition was, and the impact it would have on our efforts to achieve sustainable development and conservation of our finite and delicate environment, finally dawned it was an emotional moment. 

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