Buffet Award for Leadership in Conservation in Africa,
WINNER: Buffet Award for Leadership in Conservation in Africa & Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa. Tomas Diagne is an African freshwater turtle and tortoise expert who has been working to save threatened and endangered turtle species in Senegal for the past 25 years. He is the co-founder of AACF and Director of ACI. Tomas began rescuing endangered African spurred tortoises as a teenager, and in 1992 he created S.O.S. (Save Our Sulcatas), a non-profit conservation organization. He also co-founded and built the Village des Tortues in Noflaye, Senegal, a sanctuary and captive breeding facility for sulcata tortoises that now houses over 300 individuals and has re-introduced numerous others back to the wild. Tomas has also been actively involved in freshwater and marine turtle research throughout Africa. He is a member of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, and he received a Rolex Award for Enterprise in 1992. In 2009 he created the African Chelonian Institute (ACI) to expand turtle research, captive breeding and reintroduction to all 48 African turtle species. ACI currently operates a temporary breeding facility in Ngaparou, Senegal, while a permanent museum, breeding facility, and education centre are built-in Sindia, Senegal.
African Aquatic Conservation Fund
African freshwater turtle and tortoise conservation,