Congratulations Cosmas – Finalist in Major Conservation Award
Game Rangers International is very proud to announce that Cosmas Mumba, Project Manager for GRI – Zambia Primate Project (ZPP), has been named as one of three finalists for the prestigious Tusk Conservation Award, supported by HRH Prince William. Cosmas is the first Zambian conservationist ever to be short-listed for this award.
GRI took over the management of ZPP in May 2015. Under Cosmas’s stewardship, ZPP has developed in to a world-class conservation success story with over 500 yellow baboons and vervet monkeys have been successfully rehabilitated, having been rescued from the most harrowing conditions and given a second chance at life back in the wild.
Dr.Cheryl Mvula, ZPP Senior Technical Advisor, who has worked closely with Cosmas for the last decade, was clearly elated, saying; “I never fail to be impressed by Cosmas’s passion and commitment to wildlife conservation in Zambia, particularly his work with primates. Confiscating illegally held primates and monitoring them once released on foot in the bush has placed him in some very dangerous situations, but his gentle, yet steady determination, to champion the cause of primates in Zambia has never wavered.
“I feel privileged to work with such a humble, unsung hero of the conservation world – singlehandedly saving the lives of hundreds of primates. Being recognised for his dedication through a Tusk Award would be so special for him and much deserved.”
Cosmas was born in Petuake in a rural family who respect nature and love wildlife. In 2002 he was asked to help release rescued primates back into the wild as part of the pioneering welfare project ZPP, established with critical and ongoing support from the Born Free Foundation in the UK.
He has worked for ZPP since leaving school, working his way up through the ranks to his current position of Project Manager having started with the project as a casual labourer and cook.
Since then, ZPP has grown to become one of Africa’s most established and successful primate release programmes. Its mission is to rescue and rehabilitate injured, orphaned and illegally held vervet monkeys and yellow baboons for release back to the wild in Zambia. Primate survival rate six months post release currently averages a remarkable 95%.
The world-renowned Tusk Conservation Awards, developed by Tusk Trust, celebrate excellence in conservation and highlight inspirational conservation work in Africa – ranging from the protection of endangered species and threatened habitats, to the promotion of environmental education and the development of community driven conservation. The awards are sponsored by Investec and Land Rover.
Cosmas will attend the Tusk Conservation Awards ceremony at Claridge’s Hotel, London, on 24th November.