To protect our Wildlife we must conserve our Wilderness and for our Wilderness to be meaningful our Wildlife must be able to roam free within it.

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Whitley Fund for Nature Awards  - 2018

The WWCT is delighted to have recently been recognized by the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) and become the proud recipient of a Whitley Award.

This prestigious international award honours grassroots conservationists across the worlds south. WWCT’s co-founder and managing trustee Anjali Watson was selected from 136 applicants across 48 countries to be 1 of 6 final winners.  A gold award was also given to a returning WFN alumnus.

The 25th Anniversary Whitley Awards Ceremony took place on the 25th April at the Royal Geographic Society in London. The event was hosted by WFN Ambassador and BBC presenter Kate Humble whilst the awards were presented by HRH The Princess Royal.

This award not only serves to highlight the importance of ground level work done by WWCT for leopard conservation but also provides specific project funding for our continued work in utilizing the leopard as a flagship for conservation in Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. With one of our primary focuses being securing protection for the wildlife ridge corridor identified between the Maskeliya and Castlereigh reservoirs and continued monitoring of leopard space use in this mixed tea country landscape.

You can find more information on the Whitley Award and clips from the night here: https://whitleyaward.org/winners/leopards-as-a-flagship-for-wildlife-corridors/

For more information on our specific work in Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands follow the links in this web page under >The Leopard Project> Montane zone Ridge forests and specifically for the tea country >The Leopard Project> Montane zone Ridge forests>Peak Wilderness & Bogawanthalawa Valley

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