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Kasanka Trust’s General Manager nominated to receive a world class conservation award!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Kasanka Trust’s General Manager, Mr. James Mwanza (pictured), has been nominated for the world class - Indianapolis Prize for Animal Conservation.

Recognised as the Nobel Prize for animal conservation, the Indianapolis Prize is a signature conservation initiative of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. Since its inception as the largest individual monetary award given for animal conservation, the Prize has awarded more than $5.6 million and in 2021, reached more than 3 billion people globally.

The Indianapolis Prize awards $250,000 to an animal conservationist who has achieved major victories in advancing the sustainability of an animal species or group of species. The Prize also awards five Finalists with $50,000 each. Granted biennially, this award was established to bring the world’s attention to the cause of animal conservation and the brave, talented and dedicated men and women who spend their lives saving the Earth’s endangered animal species.

James has been nominated for the implementation of conservation strategies in support of Kasanka National Park, which protects the world’s largest mammal migration of straw-coloured fruit bats. James has led legal court actions that help contribute to environmental and wildlife protection in Zambia.

James is one of fifty-one global leaders in the field of animal conservation to join the ranks of Indianapolis Prize Nominees, who devote their lives to making significant strides to save species through scientific and educational work. These men and women have changed the future for some of the most threatened species from across the globe.

The Prize draws attention to the important work of leading animal conservationists whose work protects species and creates successful and replicable conservation methods that ensure future generations will live in a flourishing and sustainable world.

We congratulate James and wish him and the other very deserving nominees the very best of luck for the remaining judging process. The top six conservationists will be celebrated at the Indianapolis Prize Gala on the 30th September 2023.

Photo: James Mwanza GM (insert) alongside the Indianapolis Award prize winning trophy, presented to Amanda C. J. Vincent in 2021.

Kasanka Trust’s General Manager nominated to receive a world class conservation award!
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A wildlife charity based in Zambia, the UK and the Netherlands that offers various accommodation options, safaris and tours. Kasanka Trust's income from tourism revenue and charitable funding goes towards conservation work in and around Kasanka National Park. This is Zambia’s first national park management through a public-private partnership with Department of National Parks and Wildlife - a beautiful wilderness of wildlife, woodland, plains, lakes, rivers and swamps that form a valuable protected area for many endangered and vulnerable species. These include the straw coloured fruit bat, puku, sitatunga, elephant, blue monkey, wattled crane, Ross's lourie and narina trogon. For Bookings – Local reservations localres@kasanka.com, international reservations internationalres@kasanka.com.