Six Finalists Announced for World's Top Animal Conservation Award

Heroes for chimpanzees, seahorses, penguins and more in the running for the 2020 Indianapolis Prize and $250,000INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 18, 2020 /CNW/ -- Officials from the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc., the presenter of the world's leading award for animal conservation, today named the six Finalists that will contend for the 2020 Indianapolis Prize and $250,000. The Indianapolis Prize Finalists represent the world's most successful professional wildlife conservationists, biologists and scientists, and their heroic work has saved dozens of animal species and their habitats from extinction."The rate at which animal extinctions have occurred over the last century is at least 100 times higher than what can be considered natural.A  More than one million animal species are now threatened with extinction.A  We can all find hope and inspiration in the victories of these conservationists who do the difficult work of saving animal species," said Dr. Rob Shumaker, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoological Society. "The Indianapolis Prize exists to celebrate and elevate the achievements of these heroic individuals. Their work proves that success is possible, and there are genuine reasons to be hopeful for the future of the natural world."A A  The Indianapolis Prize recognizes and rewards conservationists who have made significant progress in saving an animal species, or multiple species, from extinction. Every other year, the Indianapolis Prize awards $250,000 to one Winner, while five Finalists receive $10,000 each. "The 2020 Indianapolis Prize Finalists have developed effective approaches to wildlife conservation that are being implemented and replicated all over theA world," said Wes Sechrest, chief scientist and CEO of Global Wildlife Conservation and an Indianapolis Prize Nominating CommitteeA member. "They have persisted despite long odds and countless obstacles to protect species that contribute to Earth's ecosystems. TheseA individuals are not just accomplished and impressive a?? they are heroic. We should celebrate them and answer their call to action."
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