29 animal conservationists who have dedicated their lives to saving endangered species have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize. The Indianapolis Prize, given by the Indianapolis Zoo, is the world’s leading award for animal conservation. The nominees’ work spans the globe, representing a range of species from insects to mammals, and includes amphibians, elephants, bats, wolves and sharks, among many others.
The Nominating Committee will review the applications and select the six finalists, who will be announced in the spring of 2010. The Prize Jury will then determine the winner who will be announced in mid-2010 and honored at the next Indianapolis Prize Gala, to be held September 25, 2010, in Indianapolis downtown.
In addition to receiving the $100,000 Prize, the recipient is also awarded the Lilly Medal, an original work of art that signifies the winner’s contributions to conserving some of the world’s most threatened animals. The 2008 Indianapolis Prize was awarded to legendary field biologist George Schaller, Ph.D. Schaller’s accomplishments span decades and continents, bringing fresh focus to the plight of several endangered species – from tigers in India to gorillas in Rwanda- and inspiring others to join the crusade.
“Following in Schaller’s footsteps will not be easy, but the current nominees are exceptional,” said Michael Crowther, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo, the organization responsible for initiating the conservation award. “These conservationists are all living their own unique and fascinating adventures that battle the odds, but achieve great victories.”
For a complete listing of the 29 nominees, including details on their individual conservation efforts, visit the Indianapolis Prize website.
The biennial $100,000 Indianapolis Prize represents the largest individual monetary award for animal conservation in the world and is given as an unrestricted gift to the chosen honoree. The Indianapolis Prize was initiated by the Indianapolis Zoo as a significant component of its mission to inspire local and global communities and to celebrate, protect and preserve our natural world through conservation, education and research. Not only does it bring attention to the Circle City, it expands Indianapolis education and reflects on the Indianapolis community.
This award brings the world’s attention to the cause of animal conservation and the brave, talented an dedicated men and women who spend their lives saving the Earth’s endangered animal species. No longer is the Indianapolis Zoo a simple distraction for your Indianapolis kids. The Indianapolis Prize was first awarded in 2006 to Dr. George Archibald, the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation and one of the world’s great field biologists. In 2008, the Indianapolis Prize went to Dr. George Schaller, the world’s preeminent field biologist and vice president of science and exploration for the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Eli Lilly and Company’s Lilly Endowment Fund has provided funding for the Indianapolis Prize since 2006.
SOURCE Indianapolis Prize