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Indianapolis Prize
The Indianapolis Prize
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Awarded for"Extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts"
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
CountryUnited States
Presented byIndianapolis Zoological Society
Reward(s)
  • US$250,000 (1st place)
  • US$10,000 (5 runners-up)
First awarded2006
Websitewww.indianapolisprize.org

The Indianapolis Prize is a biennial prize awarded by the Indianapolis Zoo to individuals for "extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts" affecting one or more animal species.[1]

Overview

The Indianapolis Prize was established by the Indianapolis Zoo to recognize and reward individuals who have achieved significant successes in the conservation of animal species.

Every two years, nominations of deserving individuals for the Indianapolis Prize are accepted. From those nominations, a group of conservation experts from around the world act as the Nominating Committee and select six finalists. A second group of conservation experts, aided by representatives from the Indianapolis Zoo and the city of Indianapolis, carefully review the work of the six finalists and select the winner of the Prize.

From 2006 through 2012, winners of the Prize received an unrestricted cash award of US$100,000, which was increased to US$250,000 for 2014 and subsequent years. In addition, beginning in 2014, five other finalists each receive a US$10,000 unrestricted cash award.[1]

The Prize winner and finalists are selected by a two-stage process involving a nominating committee and jury.[1] Many renowned conservationists and scientists have served on the nominating committee and jury, including E.O. Wilson, John Terborgh, Peter Raven, and Stuart Pimm. New nominating committee and jury members are chosen each two-year Prize cycle.

The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation provides funding for the Prize. In addition to the US$250,000 award the winner also receives the Lilly Medal. The obverse of the Lilly Medal features a shepherd surrounded by nature and the rising sun. On the reverse is inscribed a quote from naturalist John Muir, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."[2]

Indianapolis Prize Gala

The Indianapolis Prize Gala is an inspiring evening celebrating the incredible victories of the Winners and Finalists alongside Global Wildlife Ambassadors and leaders in their field.

Hosted in downtown Indianapolis, the Gala was never intended to be a quiet, academic, science-focused affair. Each event has been an energetic and spectacular merriment of conservation triumphs, taking audiences on a journey around the world through films shot on location with the conservationists. The Gala was fashioned to inspire guests to care more about animal conservation and place these dedicated heroes on the pedestal usually reserved for sports and entertainment stars.[3]

Over the years, hosts for the evening have included environmentalists Saba Douglas-Hamilton and Frank Pope, Max Graham, actor Josh Duhamel, and TV personalities Ben Fogle and Anne Thompson, NBC chief environmental affairs correspondent.

Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award

Additionally, the Indianapolis Prize created the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award to recognize advocacy, outreach and contributions of public figures who use their platform to support the natural world. Named in honor of actor and conservationist Jane Alexander, winners of the Ambassador award lend a credible public voice for the sustainability of wildlife.

The inaugural Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador was presented to its namesake in recognition of her decades-long commitment as a voice and champion for species. She has been involved with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Audubon Society and Panthera. 2016 Winner Sigourney Weaver has been an advocate for the mountain gorillas of Rwanda since her starring role in the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist, and serves as honorary chair of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. In 2018, Harrison Ford received the honor for his support of Conservation International, where he is on the Executive Committee and active in the organization's design and growth. He gave voice to the Nature is Speaking film, The Ocean, and helped secure the protection of more than 40 million acres on three continents as part of the Global Conservation Fund. [4]

Indianapolis Prizewinners

Year Winner Animals studied Organization Sources
2006 George W. Archibald Cranes International Crane Foundation [5][6]
2008 George B. Schaller Multiple species Wildlife Conservation Society [7]
2010 Iain Douglas-Hamilton Elephants Save the Elephants [8][9]
2012 Steven Amstrup Polar bears Polar Bears International [10]
2014 Patricia Wright Lemurs Centre ValBio [11][12]
2016 Carl Jones Birds, Multiple species Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust [13]
2018 Russell A. Mittermeier primates, turtles, tortoises, biodiversity hotspots Global Wildlife Conservation [14]

Indianapolis Prize Finalists

Year Finalist Animals Studied Organization Sources
2006 Holly Dublin endangered species International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
2006 Iain Douglas-Hamilton African elephants Save the Elephants
2006 L. David Mech wolves International Wolf Foundation
2006 Roger Payne whales Ocean Alliance
2006 Simon Stuart amphibians Amphibian Survival Alliance
2008 Iain Douglas-Hamilton African elephants Save the Elephants
2008 Rodney Jackson snow leopards Snow Leopard Conservancy
2008 K. Ullas Karanth tigers Wildlife Conservation Society
2008 Laurie Marker cheetahs Cheetah Conservation Fund
2008 Roger Payne whales Ocean Alliance
2010 Gerardo Ceballos jaguars, black-footed ferrets Institute of Ecology, National Autonomous University of Mexico
2010 Rodney Jackson snow leopards Snow Leopard Conservancy
2010 Laurie Marker cheetahs Cheetah Conservation Fund
2010 Carl Safina marine species, orcas, wolves, elephants The Safina Center
2010 Amanda Vincent seahorses Project Seahorse
2012 Markus Borner African species, rhinos Frankfurt Zoological Society
2012 Rodney Jackson snow leopards Snow Leopard Conservancy
2012 Carl Jones birds, reptiles Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
2012 Russ Mittermeier primates, turtles, tortoises, biodiversity hotspots Global Wildlife Conservation
2012 Patricia Wright lemurs Centre ValBio
2014 Joel Berger muskox, huemul Wildlife Conservation Society
2014 Gerardo Ceballos jaguars, black-footed ferrets Institute of Ecology, National Autonomous University of Mexico
2014 Carl Jones birds, reptiles Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
2014 Russ Mittermeier primates, turtles, tortoises, biodiversity hotspots Global Wildlife Conservation
2014 Carl Safina marine species, orcas, wolves, elephants The Safina Center
2016 Joel Berger muskox, huemul Wildlife Conservation Society
2016 P. Dee Boersma penguins Ecosystem Sentinels
2016 Rodney Jackson snow leopards Snow Leopard Conservancy
2016 Carl Safina marine species, orcas, wolves, elephants The Safina Center
2016 Amanda Vincent seahorses Project Seahorse
2018 Joel Berger muskox, huemul Wildlife Conservation Society
2018 P. Dee Boersma penguins Ecosystem Sentinels
2018 Sylvia Earle marine species Mission Blue
2018 Rodney Jackson snow leopards Snow Leopard Conservancy
2018 Carl Safina marine species, orcas, wolves, elephants The Safina Center


References

  1. ^ a b c "About The Indianapolis Prize". The Indianapolis Prize. Indianapolis Zoological Society. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Lilly Medal Awarded Prize Winners". Indianapolis Zoological Society. Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Indianapolis Prize Gala". Indianapolis Prize. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Global Wildlife Ambassadors". Indianapolis Prize. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "The 2006 Indianapolis Prize Winner". The Indianapolis Prize. Indianapolis Zoological Society. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Bergquist, Lee (August 22, 2006). "Crane conservationist to receive $100,000 prize". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. B-1.
  7. ^ "The 2008 Indianapolis Prize Winner". The Indianapolis Prize. Indianapolis Zoological Society. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "The 2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner". The Indianapolis Prize. Indianapolis Zoological Society. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.indystar.com/article/20100603/LOCAL18/6030420/Elephant-protector-wins-Indy-Prize
  10. ^ Davenport, Paula M. "Bears on the Brink". University of Idaho. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ Rudavsky, Shari (January 30, 2014). "Indianapolis Prize hopefuls dedicated to saving animals". The Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014 – via USA Today.
  12. ^ "Conservation's Indianapolis Prize names finalists". The Wall Street Journal. Associated Press. January 30, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Welsh biologist Carl Jones wins top environmental award". The Guardian. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "Renowned wildlife conservationist Russell Mittermeier awarded 2018 Indianapolis Prize". Mongabay Environmental News. 2018-06-13. Retrieved .

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