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Prince William conservation body to honour KWS chair Leakey

Kenya Wildlife Service chairman Dr Richard Leakey. PHOTO | FILE
Kenya Wildlife Service chairman Dr Richard Leakey. PHOTO | FILE 

A wildlife charity, whose royal patron is Prince William, has announced that it will honour Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) chairman Dr Richard Leakey with a lifetime award for his contribution towards wildlife conservation.

Dr Leakey, a renowned paleoanthropologist who gained global recognition for discovering the 1.6 million year old skeleton of a homo erectus youth, will be feted with the 2017 Legacy Award by Tusk Trust - a UK-based conservation charity.

Tusk said Dr Leakey will be recognised for his tireless efforts that reduced poaching in wildlife sanctuaries across Kenya during his tenure as the chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

“He re-organised Kenya's national park systems and dramatically reduced poaching levels. Leakey continues to tirelessly campaign against the slaughter of African wildlife,” said the statement.

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