The 2010 Indianapolis Prize
Every person who contributes their time and effort to support wildlife conservation and humanitarian causes around our world is a hero.
The largest individual monetary award for animal species conservation is the Indianapolis Prize. Winners receive an $100,000 unrestricted cash award and a Lilly Medal. The money comes from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation. The Lilly Medal shows a shepherd, symbolizing how a conservationist is a steward for wildlife. The plants are shown growing beside the shepherd, the sun in the background, and the round shape of the medal are all symbolic.
The award is presented along with a celebration that attracts a lot of media coverage and is designed to attract attention to conservation issues. It is hoped that the public will be inspired to care about conservation, and also admire the conservation heroes.
The first Lilly Medal was awarded to Dr. George Archibald, the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, in 2006.
The 2010 winners have just been announced, and are:
Gerardo Ceballos, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants
Rodney Jackson, Snow Leopard Conservancy
Laurie Marker, Cheetah Conservation Fund
Carl Safina, Blue Ocean Institute
Amanda Vincent, Project Seahorse
Congratulations to all six of the winners. If you’d like to read about them, there’s more information on the Indy Zoo’s website.
The Indianapolis Prize is a publicly highlighted part of the conservation efforts being undertaken by the Indianapolis Zoo. The Zoo’s efforts include supporting the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s conservation programs, and helping three conservation and research foundations (the International Elephant Foundation, International Iguana Foundation, and the International Rhino Foundation). They also have an in-house program for scientific investigation for African elephants, ring-tailed lemurs, penguins, dolphins, walrus, and rock iguanas. Again, more information is available on the Indianapolis Zoo’s website.