Announcing the Nominees
for The 2014 Indianapolis Prize!
The work of the 39 nominees for the
2014 Indianapolis Prize the globe and represents a broad range
of species including chimpanzees, snow leopards, sea turtles,
giant pandas, bats, swans and many more. These individuals have
dedicated their lives to saving the Earth’s endangered species.
In alphabetical order, the nominees
for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize are:
Joel Berger, Ph.D.: (Wildlife Conservation
Distinguished scientist leading projects that resulted in
America's 1st federally protected wildlife corridor, how
cashmere trade is affecting central Asian endangered mammals,
how muskoxen are faring under Arctic warming, and saiga
conservation in Mongolia.
Boesch, Ph.D.: (Max Planck Institute of
Evolutionary Anthropology) Primatologist dedicated to
decreasing pressure on wild chimpanzees, providing alternatives
to bush meat and applying new technology to great apes
Bolin: (The Regal Swan Foundation, Inc.)
Advocate for humane treatment and veterinary care for swans
worldwide through conservation, research, veterinary medicine,
education and swan-related product development.
Burchfield, Ph.D.: (Gladys Porter Zoo)
Persistent defender of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles against
impossible odds; restored turtle nests and hatchlings released
into the Gulf of Mexico by more than 3,000 percent since 1985.
◘ Fred Burton:
(Blue Iguana Recovery Programme) Internationally-known
director of an integrated conservation program for the
endangered Grand Cayman blue iguana; successfully brought the
species back from critically endangered status on the IUCN Red
List in 2012.
Ceballos, Ph.D.: (Instituto de Ecologia,
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) Champion for
jaguars in Mexico, conducting the first country-level jaguar
census and the most comprehensive jaguar study to date. Finalist
for the 2010 Indianapolis Prize.
Collinson: (The Endangered Wildlife Trust)
Passionate researcher and campaigner for the Roadkill Research
and Mitigation Project; responsible for driving initiatives,
international road ecology workshops, and action plans that
address the recognized threat of roads to biodiversity in South
Conolly: (African Lion and Environmental Research
Trust) Cattle and wildlife rancher turned lion
conservationist; founder of the four-stage African Lion
Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program to secure a
future for Africa’s most iconic species.
◘ Lisa Dabek,
Ph.D.: (Papua New Guinea Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program,
Woodland Park Zoo)
Founder of the Tree Kangaroo
Conservation Program; responsible for the first Conservation
Area in Papua New Guinea; used Crittercam© technology for the
first time on arboreal mammals, allowing scientists to record
animal behavior through mounted video cameras and transmitters.
Fritz, Ph.D.: (Waldrappteam) Tireless advocate
of the critically endangered Waldrapp ibis and founder of the
Waldrapp team project to re-establish the bird in its historic
migration range from Bavaria to Italy.
◘ Biruté Mary
Galdikas, Ph.D.: (Orangutan Foundation
International) More than 35 years of advancing research on
wild orangutan ecology and behavior; established rehabilitation
and release programs and saved millions of acres of tropical
rain forest in Borneo.
Goodall, Ph.D.: (The Jane Goodall Institute)
First anthropologist to observe tool-making in primates, now
inspires action on behalf of endangered species, particularly
chimpanzees, while encouraging people to do their part to make
the world a better place for people, animals and the
◘ Helen Hays:
(American Museum of Natural History) Acclaimed
ornithologist working on Great Gull Island to restore its
population of Roseate Terns to the largest concentration in the
◘ Denver Holt:
(Owl Research Institute) One of the world’s leading owl
biologists; founder of the Owl Research Institute and the
Ninepipes Wildlife Research Center.
Jackson, Ph.D.: (Snow Leopard Conservancy)
Conducted in-depth radio-tracking studies of snow leopards since
the 1980s; dedicated to building local communities' capacity as
key players in conserving the species. Finalist for the 2008,
2010 and 2012 Indianapolis Prize.
Jenkins, Ph.D.: (The Orianne Society) Founder
of the Orianne Society, dedicating numerous years to snakes, one
of the most vilified and persecuted groups of animals in the
◘ Carl Jones,
Ph.D.: (Mauritian Wildlife Foundation) Biologist who
pioneered the techniques of applied population management to
reverse the decline of highly endangered species; instrumental
in the creation of the first national park in Mauritius;
involved in the recovery of five bird species coming from
populations of less than 10 specimens. Finalist for the 2012
Kress, Ph.D.: (National Audubon Society)
Widely respected ornithologist and expert in seabird
conservation; known as "The Puffin Man” because of his
extraordinary success leading Audubon's Project Puffin in Maine.
Lollar: (Bat World Sanctuary) Established Bat
World Sanctuary, the largest rehabilitation facility in the
world dedicated exclusively to bats. Created the first
nutritionally sound diet for debilitated bats.
Majluf, Ph.D.: (Universidad Peruna Cayetano Herdia)
Almost singlehandedly led marine conservation efforts in Peru,
through political unrest, countless governments and systemic
corruption; improved industrial fishery practices and initiated
campaign for the use of anchoveta as a protein source for Peru’s
Marker, Ph.D.: (Cheetah Conservation Fund)
Founded the Cheetah Conservation Fund, leading a conservation
program from humble beginnings in rural Namibia to an
unparalleled model for predator conservation. Finalist for the
2008 and 2010 Indianapolis Prize.
◘ Nick Marx:
(Wildlife Alliance) Revolutionized the rescue, care and
rehabilitation of wild animals in Southeast Asia, risking his
life many times and disrupting illegal wildlife trafficking by
more than 75 percent.
McCulloch: (Harbor Branch Oceanographic
Institution) Created legislation to fund several ongoing
marine mammal research and conservation programs while working
to construct the first teaching marine mammal hospital, science
and education center.
Medici, Ph.D.: (IUCN Tapir Specialist Group)
An unsung conservation hero with over 20 years experience
conducting field work on tapirs and other wildlife species;
founding member of the Institute for Ecological Research, the
most respected and effective conservation NGO in Brazil.
Mishra, Ph.D.: (Snow Leopard Trust & Nature
Conservation Foundation) Conservation biologist working to
protect threatened species and habitats throughout Central Asia,
with a focus on the charismatic and endangered snow leopard.
Russell Mittermeier, Ph.D.:
(Conservation International) Visionary leader able to
motivate every level of conservationist to support the greater
good of many species, including primates; one of the first
academic primatologists to become concerned with the welfare and
conservation of primates. Finalist for the 2012 Indianapolis
Pandrani: (Save the Nature Organization)
Marine biologist striving to improve nesting conditions of
Pakistani sea turtles, protect mangrove trees as a natural
habitat, and reduce hunting and trapping threats.
Phillips: (Turner Endangered Species Fund)
Montana state senator and co-founder of the Turner Endangered
Species Fund; working to restore imperiled mammals, birds,
fishes, amphibians and plants with an emphasis on wolf recovery.
Pilcher, Ph.D.: (Marine Research Foundation)
Champion for sea turtles and marine life in the Middle East,
Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands; dedicated over 25 years
to conserve the abundance and diversity of marine life, working
to bridge cultures, religions, governments and conservation
Reinartz, Ph.D.: (Zoological Society of Milwaukee)
Internationally recognized for her work on behalf of the bonobo
in both the wild and captivity, working tirelessly to protect
and conserve this endangered great ape that is found only in the
remote heartland of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
◘ Carl Safina,
Ph.D.: (Blue Ocean Institute) Brought ocean
conservation into the environmental mainstream by using science,
art and literature to inspire a "sea ethic." Finalist for the
2010 Indianapolis Prize.
Joel D. Sartore: (National
Geographic Magazine) Renowned photojournalist with mission
to give vanishing species and habitats a voice before they're
gone forever; co-founder of The Grassland Foundation.
Seidensticker, Ph.D.: (Smithsonian Conservation
Biology Institute) Pioneered the use of radio telemetry to
study cougars in North America and was co-leader of the team
that captured and radio-tracked the first wild tigers in Nepal;
dedicated to tiger science and conservation for nearly 40 years.
Sillero, Ph.D.: (Ethiopian Wolf Conservation
Programme, University of Oxford) Founder and executive
director of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, keeping
watch over Africa's rarest and most endangered carnivore.
Stoinski, Ph.D.: (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
International and Zoo Atlanta) One of the world’s foremost
experts in gorilla behavior and cognition, with over 13 years of
dual-expertise in wild and zoo-housed populations.
Swaisgood, Ph.D.: (Institute for Conservation
Research, Zoological Society of San Diego) Trained field
biologist serving San Diego Zoo Global as director of applied
animal ecology, overseeing recovery programs for species such as
California condors, burrowing owls, Caribbean rock iguanas,
mountain yellow-legged frogs, giant pandas, rhinoceros, kangaroo
rats and Pacific pocket mice.
Wells, Ph.D.: (Sarasota Dolphin Research Program,
Chicago Zoological Society) Program director of the
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the world’s longest-running
study of a wild dolphin population.
Romulus Whitaker: (Madras
Crocodile Bank & Centre for Herpetology) Devoted four
decades of work to studying and conserving diverse reptiles and
reversing both public and governmental opinion to one demanding
conservation and appreciation.
Patricia Wright, Ph.D.: (Centre
Val Bio, Stony Brook University) Discovered the golden
bamboo lemur in 1986, a species that was then unknown to
science, which helped to catalyze the transformation of
Madagascar's park systems, turning it into a model for global
conservation efforts. Finalist for the 2012 Indianapolis Prize.
2012 Indianapolis Prize
The nomination process for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize will
begin June 2, 2014, and close on Feb. 27, 2015. The process to
nominate someone is both short and simple, requiring a 500-word
narrative about the individual along with two-four letters of
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