» In the News: February 2017
Listening to the Landscape
Studying the noise of nature — a new field of research known as soundscape ecology — may prove to be a successful conservation tactic. More from The Conversation bit.ly/2lAbYma
Kenya's Comeback for Black Rhinos
A combination of technology, canines and investing in community proved to be a successful means to bringing black rhino populations back to Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Find out more about the wildlife conservancy’s innovative approaches on The Independentind.pn/2moQhTG
Africa's Youngest Nation Committed to Protecting Elephants
South Sudan joins the Elephant Protection Initiative to help stop illegal ivory trade and secure a bright future for the species. Click to learn more >> bit.ly/2lv4yi6
Camera Traps Affect Endangered Curassow
There may only be 400 critically endangered Sira curassow birds left in the remote regions of Peru’s Sira Communal Reserve. Thanks to camera traps, researchers now have an effective tool to not only detect the birds, but assess both their distribution and population size, enabling conservation planning. Read more from Mongabay.com bit.ly/2m7VBeQ
Monarch's Migration Habitat in Mexico Decreases
A new study brings bad news for butterflies. Recent research revealed a 27 percent decrease in monarch migration habitat over the course of a year. Find out more from WWF here: wwf.to/2l1wcF9 and see what conservationists like 2016 Prize Nominee Lincoln Brower are doing in the field to protect monarch migratory routes and nesting grounds in Central Mexico at IndianapolisPrize.org.
2016 Prize Winner Nominated for Welsh Achievement Award
Congrats to 2016 Prize Winner Dr. Carl Jones on his nomination for the St. David Awards in Wales! His dedication to saving the diverse species of Mauritius has impacted animal conservation around the world: bit.ly/2kRoUBc
See his story with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation at IndianapolisPrize.org. Just click on “Conservation Heroes.”
Planet Earth II Showcases Endangered Species
Wondrous animals across the world showcased in Planet Earth II — debuting in the US on Feb. 18. Check out the seven-part series, narrated by David Attenborough at 9/8c >> bbc.in/2lexcUC | BBC Earth
Plus, hear Attenborough's message on the conservation hope instilled through the Indianapolis Prize here: bit.ly/2gGdHR1 |IndianapolisPrize.org
Endangered Amphibian Found in Zimbabwe
One of the world’s most endangered amphibians — the mountain chicken frog — has been found in the mountains of Zimbabwe for the first time since 1962. Find out what scientists are planning to protect the species for future generations. huff.to/2kC72JL | The Huffington Post
Bison Return to Canada's Oldest National Park
After more than 130 years, wild bison return to Canada’s Banff National Park. The reintroduction was part of a five-year pilot program hoped to be a key contributor to bison conservation efforts both nationally and internationally. Read more on The Huffington Post: huff.to/2kWtb8Z
2014 Prize Winner Continues to Promote Lemur Conservation Work in Madagascar
Over the course of 30 years, 2014 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Patricia Wright has helped create a “conservation hub” in Madagascar. Her efforts were instrumental in developing a national park, research station, efforts to promote conservation education, improved local health and more, while always protecting her favorite species — lemurs. Read more about her continuing work bit.ly/2kq4FhG | IndianapolisPrize.org
Google Doodle Showcases Endangered Pangolins for Valentine's Day
We love today’s Google Doodle! You can play the Pangolin Love game while learning more about the critically endangered species and what conservationists are doing to protect their future. bit.ly/2kmx0Wq | WWF
2018 Prize Nominations Deadline Fast Approaching
Know a conservation hero who’s made a difference for wildlife and wild places? Nominate them for the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Deadline Feb. 28 >> bit.ly/2loUXIH
From the Field: Dr. Joel Berger on Saving Species in the Arctic
From the field:
For two-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Joel Berger, conserving unique species like muskox means research across vast Arctic regions. Read more about the scientist at work … his challenges, successes and why he dons a polar bear suit. bit.ly/2koDejz
The Conversation | Wildlife Conservation Society | Colorado State University | Warner College of Natural Resources | IndianapolisPrize.org
New Approaches to Save Black Rhinos
A new approach could help protect critically endangered black rhino populations in Africa, according to a recent study from Cardiff University. Read more from BBC News bbc.in/2k4xlrO
Efforts in Florida Keys to Preserve Future of Sea Turtles
Conservation is a big job. And Great Big Story brings you the work of Dr. Kristen Hart and her team of researchers as they monitor the sea turtles of the Florida Keys in hopes of saving the species and the habitat they rely on. Push play here: bit.ly/2km5aVU
Astronomy Affects Researchers' Ability To Observe, Protect Endangered Species
A fantastic collaboration between two different fields of science: astronomy and ecology! Combining astronomy and drone technology could be key to new conservation studies. Find out more here: bit.ly/2jYt3H1 | LJMU | IndianapolisPrize.org
Philippines Declares more than 100,000 Acres as Critical Habitat
The newly declared Cleopatra’s Needle Critical Habitat is the Philippines’ largest span of land outside protected areas to have known habitats of threatened or endemic species. The expanse, totaling more than 100,000 acres, is one of the country’s most biodiverse regions and aims to protect species like the Palawan hornbill, bearcat, pangolin and more. bit.ly/2kGggsz
Research Reveals Remote Camera Network Could Help Save Species
Could a linked network of remote cameras benefit biodiversity and conservation efforts? New research from the University of Montana explains why it could be the perfect tool to help save species: bit.ly/2kAg2CP
Marine Protected Areas Successful for Sharks
An expanse of marine protected areas are an effective tool for protecting near-threatened reef sharks, say researchers from Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station. Read more from ScienceDaily >> bit.ly/2k3Bz6h
George Schaller on the Need for Conservation Concern
Inspiring wildlife conservationist and 2008 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. George Schaller speaks on tiger conservation and other wildlife efforts in The Times of India here: bit.ly/2kmO1ih
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Chocolate Leads to Conservation for Monkeys
A sweet success! Creating eco-friendly chocolate to save monkeys and preserve the rainforest. Read more from NPR's The Salt: n.pr/2kLftn9
Optimism Saves Species on the Brink
Conservation success stories are a reminder of optimism shaping those saving species. See six animals brought back from the brink through dedicated efforts. A hopeful story from The Huffington Post for your Friday: huff.to/2jbRIYp
Conservation Success for Seabirds using Artifical Nests
Success for seabirds! For the first time, the use of artificial nests for threatened Japanese murrelets has resulted in chicks hatching. See how this brings hope for their future: bit.ly/2j9i1OL
Two-time Prize Finalist Dr. Russell Mittermeier on the Future of Primates
What’s next for primate conservation? A commentary on efforts, threats, hope and solutions from two-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Russell Mittermeier. Read more: bit.ly/2k4xBei
Conservation International | IUCN | IUCN Primate Specialist Group |IndianapolisPrize.org
Prince Harry Becomes Patron for Rhino Conservation in Botswana
A royal for rhino conservation — Prince Harry joins campaign to protect endangered rhinos in Botswana. Learn more about his involvement and dedication to efforts for the species at The Telegraphbit.ly/2j1uTXn
Changing the Status Quo Essential for Sumatran Rhino Conservation
Can changing the status quo save a species? Insightful look into options for the future of Sumatran rhino conservation. See more in Mongabay.com's series on Asian rhinos here: bit.ly/2jTJBPx
Penguin Awareness Day Brings Focus to Prize Hero Dr. P. Dee Boersma
“I think penguins are a very good way to get people to think about the environment,” says 2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. P. Dee Boersma. Today we’re celebrating Penguin Awareness Day and Dee’s incredible work to conserve the charismatic seabirds. Watch this hero in action ▶
Penguin Sentinels | University of Washington | Wildlife Conservation Society
New Species of Dwarf Lemur Discovered
News from the forests of Madagascar for your Friday. Scientists have discovered a new species — the Ankarana or Sheth’s dwarf lemur — weighing in at 100 grams. The new discovery is a reminder for conservationists that the known number of lemurs continues to grow, even as 94 percent of all lemurs are threatened or endangered. On Scientific American bit.ly/2jgowLJ
That’s where dedicated men and women like 2014 Prize Winner Dr. Pat Wright come in. Pat has devoted her career to protecting lemurs, from scientific research to transforming Madagscar’s park system. See her story at IndianapolisPrize.org by clicking on Conservation Heroes.
Plans to Reintroduce Tigers to Central Asia Regions
Could tigers once again flourish in Central Asia? Find out where scientists are considering reintroductions for the famed felines. More from New York Postnyp.st/2k4c1mj
Desert Antelope Returns to the Wild After Two Decades
Conservation at work! Desert antelope — Scimitar-horned oryx — have been reintroduced two decades after going extinct in the wild. Find out more about the initiative from New Scientistbit.ly/2jyrPB2
Plans to Restore Populations of Grizzlies in Washington's North Cascades
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced new plans are in the works to restore grizzly bear populations in the North Cascades. More from Planet Experts and Center for Biological Diversity: bit.ly/2ix8j8E
Ring-Tailed Lemurs Face 95 Percent Decline
Shocking 95 percent decline for populations of ring-tailed lemurs shows need for continued conservation programs in Madagascar. Find out more from Scientific Americanbit.ly/2jWUQY7
Researchers are confident that the situation can move in a positive direction with programs tied to social and economic development in the country and concentrated efforts to curb hunting and habitat loss — exactly what conservationists like 2014 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Patricia Wright have committed their careers to. See her amazing achievements for the species at IndianapolisPrize.org.
World's Most Endangered Fruit Bat on the Brink
While rapid forest loss pushes the Livingstone’s fruit bat — also referred to as the Comoro flying fox — closer to extinction, teams of conservationists are hard at work to protect and restore habitat on the two small African islands where they’re found. Find out more from Mongabay.com and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trustbit.ly/2ikqf68
For 2016 Prize Winner Dr. Carl Jones it's not just about protecting birds ... he's saved multiple species from disappearing forever, including the Rodrigues fruit bat. See how his story connects here:bit.ly/2irYZ44
Two-Time Prize Finalist Dr. Joel Berger on Saving "Edge Species"
Remarkable yet sometimes unknown species like saiga and muskoxen are Dr. Joel Berger’s favorites. The two-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist was featured in Mongabay.com's newscast giving thought to conserving “edge species.” Listen here: bit.ly/2inUdoA (click to 10:30 for his interview) and check out more about his inspiring studies at IndianapolisPrize.org.
Wildlife Conservation Society | Warner College of Natural Resources |Colorado State University
New Species of Gibbon Named in Honor of Star Wars
When Star Wars meets conservation. New “Skywalker” gibbon species found in the tropical rainforests of China. Check it out on BBC Science Newsbbc.in/2ijDxhE
Bumblebee Placed on Endangered Species List
New Fishing Rule Could Protect Vaquitas, Other Marine Mammals
Could a new fishing rule protect critically endangered vaquitas and other marine mammals? Taking effect later this week, the rule requires fisheries to ensure exported seafood doesn’t hurt or kill marine mammals, take stock of populations and find ways to reduce bycatch. Find out more from NPRn.pr/2iUAU4y
Conserving Critically Endangered Sea Turtles in Fiji
On Yadua, a small remote island to the north of Fiji, hunters have now become leaders in conservation efforts for critically endangered sea turtles, helping with programs to replenish populations after decades of decline. Find out more from The New York Timesnyti.ms/2i0BJtQ
Despite Crises, Conservation Hope Still Abounds
Despite an extinction crisis, there’s still hope for threatened and endangered species across the globe. Explore five key issues with CNN’s interactive › cnn.it/2hR4Ooq and find out about the heroes working to protect the planet at IndianapolisPrize.org.
China Announces Ivory Ban in New Year
In what 2010 Prize Winner Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton called “the most astonishing and wonderful piece of news,” officials in China announced plan to ban all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. Conservationists are calling the decision a game changer for the future of elephant conservation. More from The New York Timesnyti.ms/2j4lhe4 [close]
New Species in 2016
It’s almost time to ring in the New Year, but first look back at some unique species of plants and animals scientists discovered in 2016. Check out the photos here: bit.ly/2iqD3EP | Mongabay.com
Cheetahs Sprinting Toward Extinction According to New Study
Could cheetahs be racing toward extinction? A new study found dramatic declines for the species, with only 7,100 left in the wild. Find out more from Panthera bit.ly/2izh9Cj | Zoological Society of London | Wildlife Conservation Society
Researchers in Spain Sequence Endangered Lynx Species Genome
Conservation science makes new progress for one of the most endangered feline species — the Iberian lynx. Researchers in Spain have successfully sequenced and analyzed the species’ genome to help understand population decline and identify improvements that can be made. bit.ly/2ivFKYK
New Reserve Created in the Congo
An early Christmas gift for species of the Congo! The new Kabobo Natural Reserve protects nearly 600 square miles of biodiverse rainforest and savanna woodland for unique mammals, amphibians and plants. Check out more from Wildlife Conservation Society → bit.ly/2h6zstv
Klingon Newts and Rainbow Snakes Among Nearly 200 New Species Found in Southeast Asia
163 newly discovered species in Southeast Asia — Klingon newts, rainbow snakes and more! In the past 20 years, scientists have found nearly 2,500 species in the Greater Mekong region. Check out some of the most recent on National Geographicbit.ly/2hV0TLl
Meet the Team Protecting Costa Rica's Endangered Sea Turtles
Meet the team protecting endangered green and leatherback sea turtles in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Press play ► bit.ly/2hrNny8 | Great Big Story | Sea Turtle Conservancy
Like this story? Find out more about ocean conservation and heroes like Prize Finalist Dr. Carl Safina at IndianapolisPrize.org."Champions for Our Planet" Focuses on Saving Species this Holiday Season
Nature is a gift — and you can give the gift of protecting it. By supporting the conservation charities found in "Champions for Our Planet: The Indianapolis Prize Guide to Animal Conservation Giving,” you can help some of this era’s most successful conservationists save wonderful wildlife and wild places. Give today: bit.ly/IPGiftGuideA Year of Effort for the Conservation Field
This year, the conservation world has had tough times and great successes! Check out some of the efforts made in 2016 here: bit.ly/2gB3t4w
Conservation Success for Seabirds
And meet heroes striving to save species at IndianapolisPrize.org.
Good news for two Pacific seabird species! The success of various island restoration projects now means Scripp’s and Guadalupe murrelets no longer need to be placed on the Endangered Species List. All the details from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: bit.ly/2gs8mMU
New Hope for Sumatran Rhinos
New hope rises with reports that Malaysia’s Sumatran rhinos may not be extinct in the wild after all. Although unconfirmed, footprints in Sabah’s rainforests renew researchers’ vigor for rhino conservation efforts in the area. More on the story from TODAY bit.ly/2hesvIy
Giraffes Now Listed as Vulnerable by IUCN
Conservation efforts a tall order for giraffes, now classified as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN.
Find out more about their population declines and what solutions could ensure a hopeful future for the iconic species, from BBC Newsbbc.in/2h6OvEJ | IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesMexico to Receive its Largest Marine Protected Area
Mexico is set to get its newest and largest marine protected area. The 5.7 million hectare Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve is home to more than 500 species of fish and 1,900 species of flora and fauna → bit.ly/2h5QyM0
Calling for 2018 Indianapolis Prize Nominations
The Indianapolis Prize recognizes animal conservationists who have committed their lives to ensuring the survival of some of our planet’s most marvelous creatures. We’re searching for the people who are making a real difference and accomplishing real conservation victories — now is your chance to nominate a hero for the 2018 Prize! bit.ly/29ccdiRSaving the Bluefin Tuna of the Pacific
What the Pacific can learn from the Atlantic in the fight to save Bluefin tuna. Learn more here from The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/2gHcXyL. Prize finalist Carl Safina fights to preserve sea life like bluefin tuna. Learn more about his efforts here: http://safinacenter.org/.Celebrating International Cheetah Day by Supporting Conservation Hero Dr. Laurie Marker
It's #InternationalCheetahDay! See how you can support two-time Prize Finalist Dr. Laurie Marker and her work with Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) through our holiday guide → bit.ly/IP-CCF
Tusk Trust Recognizes Conservation Heroes
Wonderful to see the incredible stories of three conservation heroes recognized by the Tusk Awards. Find out more about their work across Africa protecting endangered species like the giant sable and black rhino here: bit.ly/2ggDz6PConservation Comes in All Shapes and Sizes
Conservation efforts come in all shapes and sizes, evident in 96 Elephants latest project — breaking the world record for origami elephants! What an achievement for creative conservation awareness! Check out more from Wildlife Conservation Society and The Huffington Post huff.to/2fX3nHb
And great work locally by Indianapolis Zoo camp kids — more than 600 elephants were crafted and sent for this project!
Holiday Guide Makes Conservation Giving Easy and Awe-Inspiring
You may not be able to give a polar bear, cheetah or a ring-tailed lemur this holiday season, but you can support the conservationists working hard to make sure they’re around for future generations to marvel. By giving to any of the 19 conservation organizations featured in the Indianapolis Prize’s holiday guide, you can give a gift that’s meaningful and awe-inspiring. bit.ly/IPGiftGuide #SavingSpecies [close]
Giving Tuesday and Saving Species
This #GivingTuesday you can join those #SavingSpecies around the world! Check out Champions for Our Planet: The Indianapolis Prize Guide to Animal Conservation Giving! bit.ly/IPGiftGuide
Researching Mysterious Drop in Caribou Populations
Dramatic drop in caribou in Alaska concerns biologists. Learn more from St. Louis Post-Dispatch http://bit.ly/2fIEyeW
Endangered Bird Adapts to Forest Fragmentation
You’ve heard of #BlackFriday – but what about #SavingSpeciesSaturday? Today and throughout the holidays, give your loved ones a lasting, meaningful gift: Hope for endangered species, the planet and people too. Choose to support the conservation charities championed by the heroes of the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. bit.ly/IPGiftGuide
Glowing Geckos Key to Improved Biodiversity
Geckos aglow shine light on biodiversity. http://bit.ly/2f6BX2R
Rats to the Rescue
Rats to the rescue? Giant rats are being trained to sniff out pangolins — the world’s most trafficked mammal — and could someday be an asset in finding elephant ivory and rhino horn as well. Find out more from The Guardian bit.ly/2ggk7bk | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
A Comeback for Crows
A comeback is on the way for Hawaiian crows, which have been extinct in the wild since 2002. See how conservationists are working together to release fledglings into the Pu’u Maka’ala Natural Area Reserve this month and into the new year, and what it means for the species. From National Audubon Society bit.ly/2fUrUuA | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | San Diego Zoo Global
Thailand Celebrates Century's First Crane Hatching in the Wild
Conservationists in Thailand are celebrating the first sarus crane to hatch in the wild this century! Vulnerable to extinction, Thailand’s crane colony disappeared in the 1960s, but are now on the road to recovery. From Metro Toronto: bit.ly/2fo1ws5
2006 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, offers thoughts on the challenges the species faces and hope for the future. Find out more about Archibald's journey at IndianapolisPrize.org.
Political Collaboration for Conservation
Inspiring essay highlighting the history of political collaboration for conservation. See more from Wildlife Conservation Society’s president and CEO Christián Samper on U.S. News and World Report » bit.ly/2f3PuDw
Acoustic Buoy in New York Waters Detecting Rare Whales
An acoustic buoy in New York bight has detected rare whales, including North Atlantic right whales, one of the world’s highly endangered species! Check out more from Wildlife Conservation Societybit.ly/2ghRT2i
New Software Key to Biodiversity Corridors
Researchers are now using mathematical modeling and new software to plan corridors for wildlife in Montana, including grizzly bears and wolverines. Find out how the tool will soon provide possibilities for other species, from Mongabay.com » bit.ly/2eByusX
Two-time Prize Finalist Dr. Joel Berger played a lead role in creating America’s first federally sanctioned wildlife migration corridor: the Path of the Pronghorn. See his journey and inspiring work at IndianapolisPrize.org.Wildlife Conservation Society | Colorado State University | Warner College of Natural Resources
Durrells TV Show Showcases Story of 2016 Prize Winner's Inspiring Mentor
Want to know the story behind conservationist Gerry Durrell — the mentor who inspired much of 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Carl Jones’ remarkable work? Check out #TheDurrells → bit.ly/2frLy3j
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust | MASTERPIECE | PBS |#SavingSpecies| IndianapolisPrize.org
Racing to Save Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbills
Unique and critically endangered, the helmeted hornbill faces threats from poachers coveting their “red ivory” beak. Find out more from Mongabay.com to see how people are working to protect one of Southeast Asia’s keystone species → bit.ly/2fDy5C7
Jaguars in Isolation Causing Threats to Populations
A new study finds isolation is threatening jaguars. 2016 Prize nominee Alan Robinowitz of Panthera offers perspective. Find out more from International Business Times here: bit.ly/2fX3aox | #SavingSpecies
Protecting Pangolins, the World's Most Trafficked Mammal
Did you know pangolins are the most trafficked mammal worldwide? Illegally traded for their scales, as bush meat or for medicinal purposes, these unique animals are now being nurtured back to health by a committed group of men in Zimbabwe with the Tikki Hywood Trust. See their story through stunning photos from Adrian Steirn and learn more here: bit.ly/2f9o3Mg
Seven Bee Species Labeled as Endangered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just published a ruling to put seven species of yellow-faced bees on the endangered species list — the first time in the US that these important pollinators have been added. Find out more about their recent decline, population purposes and hope for the future. bit.ly/2fL8fjS
Leadership Lessons from Carl Jones, Winner of the 2016 Indianapolis Prize
Successful conservation takes leadership. Bringing back this great piece from the IndyStar on 2016 Winner Carl Jones and his key insights on vision, legacy and learning. indy.st/2e22Cxi
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust | The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation | IndianapolisPrize.org
Indianapolis Prize: Saving Species
#ICYMI Watch our Prize heroes in their pursuit to save wild things and wild places in WTHR-TV's special feature "Indianapolis Prize: Saving Species" bit.ly/2f91V2P
Plus, see all of the videos from the Indianapolis Prize Gala online at IndianapolisPrize.org or on YouTube.
New Plans to Protect Snow Leopards
A new conservation plan set for the snow leopards of Nepal, designating more than 12,000 square kilometers of land as potential habitat for the elusive cats. Find out more here: bit.ly/2fAohwY
2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Rodney Jackson has devoted his career to protecting these incredible creatures. Follow his story at IndianapolisPrize.org by clicking Conservation Heroes. Snow Leopard Conservancy [close]
Dramatic New Report Says Earth Could Lost Two-Thirds of its Species by 2020
Could the world really lose two-thirds of its species? A dramatic new report warns of significant wildlife loss by the year 2020. Dire news, but there's still hope. Find out more from National Geographic » bit.ly/2dU3Buk
Check out IndianapolisPrize.org to learn more about the conservation heroes that don't see lost causes, but instead see possibility.
United Nations Announce World's Largest Marine Protected Area
Brilliant news! The United Nations announced today the world’s largest protected marine area — home to penguins and killer whales in the Antarctic. More on the news from CNN: cnn.it/2eOvvfW
The Indianapolis Prize Announces Animal Conservation Gift Guide
The Indianapolis Prize is not just an award — it’s a promise for a better world. Are you ready to join the heroes of the Indianapolis Prize in their work to protect the planet’s wild things and wild places? Through Champions for Our Planet: The Indianapolis Prize Guide to Animal Conservation Giving, you can now directly support their projects.
Turn the tides from extinction to hope. Take action today! indianapolisprize.org/giftguide
How Halloween Candy Can Affect Orangutan Conservation
This Halloween it’s all about goblins, ghouls and … great apes? That’s right. See how you can play a part in #SavingSpecies by paying attention to the type of candy you’re offering trick-or-treaters. Check out the effect of palm oil and how to be conservation conscious → bit.ly/2eJMjVh
Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP-UNEP) | Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Mobile App Can Advance Condor Conservation
Condor conservation lessons from your cell phone! Check out how U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Santa Barbara Zoo have teamed up to teach through technology. bit.ly/2eLlNce
Survey Results Create Confidence in Elephant Conservation Efforts
How are survey findings creating effective means for elephant conservation efforts? Find out from Wildlife Conservation Society and National Geographic here » bit.ly/2eQI8mT
A Look at the History of the Indianapolis Prize
Over the course of a decade, the Indianapolis Prize has honored some of our planet’s most remarkable conservationists. These men and women are defining the world we will live in tomorrow and inspiring a lasting legacy for wild things and wild places.
Learn more about the heroes of the Indianapolis Prize, and check out this video featuring the narration of 2016 Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award Winner, actor Sigourney Weaver. bit.ly/2e4Qw2j
A Firsthand Look at Prize Heroes Saving Species in WTHR-TV Special
Join us for a breathtaking and inspiring look into the world of wildlife conservation. Watch WTHR-TV Friday (tomorrow) at 8pm for an hour special, "The Indianapolis Prize: Saving Species." We traveled the world to bring you the stories of the people who are saving endangered species. Experience our natural world and be inspired by the heroes conserving it. Watch online later at wthr.com/indyprizegala. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Mauritius Tourism South Africa Penguin Sentinels Snow Leopard Conservancy The Safina Center Wildlife Conservation Society Project Seahorse The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
Indianapolis Prize FInalists Inspire Indianapolis
Our friends at Indianapolis Business Journal think our 2016 Prize Finalists are an inspiration ... and we agree! Thanks for the great piece! bit.ly/2eldKGm #SavingSpecies
Elementary Students Meet Conservation Hero Carl Jones
For 2016 Winner Dr. Carl Jones, it’s all about leaving a lasting legacy and preparing and inspiring the next generation of conservationists. Today, he spent time with 3rd-6th grade students from Indianapolis Public SchoolsWashington Irving School 14
Stay tuned to see where Carl will embark next! #SavingSpecies
Star Studded Photos from the 2016 Prize Gala
Awesome Indianapolis Prize Gala photo gallery from our friends at the IndyStar! Check out these great moments from the event! indy.st/2e0aTAn#SavingSpecies
Indianapolis Prize Makes a Difference for the World's Animals
Michael I. Crowther, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo, reflects on Indianapolis and just how much this community cares about conservation. Thoughtful piece in the IndyStar » indy.st/2dn8fRD #SavingSpecies
Celebrating Heroes at the Indianapolis Prize Gala
The 2016 Indianapolis Prize Gala presented by Cummins Inc. is more than just an evening of glitz and glamour. For one night, world-renowned conservation heroes come together to celebrate their victories and inspire others to take action. #SavingSpecies
Sigourney Weaver Receives Global Wildlife Ambassador Honor
"When conservation includes community everyone is lifted. When people thrive, gorillas and other wildlife will as well." -Sigourney Weaver, 2016 Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award Winner
#SavingSpecies | Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Seflies for Species
Posing with a purpose! Share your selfies and use #SavingSpecies to help raise awareness for animal conservation! bit.ly/2e0DpyF
Indianapolis Celebrates Conservation Heroes
From a green Beacon of Hope at the Indianapolis Zoo, to #SavingSpecies scrolling across the Indianapolis Power & Light Company building, and Zoo guests meeting Prize Winners and Finalists at Meet a Hero, Indianapolis residents had the chance to learn and help raise awareness for wild things and wild places.
Carl Jones Visits DePauw University
Today, students and staff at DePauw University heard from 2016 Winner Carl Jones on what it takes to save species and rebuild the ecosystems of Mauritius— all incredible achievements the earned him this year’s award!
Want to meet him and the other incredible finalists? Check out all the Prize events here → bit.ly/2cQOmGv
Indianapolis Prize Lecture Series Begins
The festivities begin → Today, 2016 Prize Winner Dr. Carl Jones visitedMissouri Botanical Garden to speak on environmental efforts in Mauritius and beyond as he heads to the Circle City to receive the world’s leading for animal conservation!
Don’t miss out on all of our upcoming Prize events bit.ly/2cQOmGv | Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust | The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
Veterinarians are Saving Critically Endangered Gorillas
Inspiring! Hear how Gorilla Doctors are helping save Africa’s critically endangered mountain gorillas — the only great apes with rising population numbers. From 60 Minutes cbsn.ws/2dUy7Zb
This weekend, the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award will be presented to actor Sigourney Weaver for her decades-long dedication to gorilla conservation alongside Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Find out more of her story at IndianapolisPrize.org.
Indianapolis Becomes Conservation Capitol in Preparation for Gala
Indianapolis is the conservation capital of the world this week, as brave, talented and dedicated men and women who spend their lives saving Earth's endangered animal species are in town to attend the 2016 Indianapolis Prize Gala presented by Cummins Inc. Don’t miss your chance to meet these heroes: bit.ly/2cQOmGv
Girls in Science Program Brings Conservation Inspiration
Do your girls love science? Give them the amazing opportunity to meet world-renowned conservationists, learn about unique species and even get a special behind-the-scenes tour at the Indianapolis Zoo. The Oct. 13 event features 2016 Finalists Dr. P. Dee Boersma and Dr. Amanda Vincent and 2014 Winner Dr. Patricia Wright! Spaces are limited so register today »bit.ly/2dRnl2i
Saba Douglas-Hamilton Joins List of Prize Events
Love elephants? In ONE WEEK you can join BBC host and wildlife conservationist Saba Douglas-Hamilton at IMAX Theater Indiana State Museum for “This Wild Life,” as she shares about her adventures growing up with wild elephants in Africa and the work she’s a part of at Save the Elephants (founded by her father and 2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner Iain Douglas-Hamilton).
Plus, catch scenes from her recent TV series and ask her questions! All the details here → bit.ly/2dUTZ4s
Conservation Science and Technology Protecting California's Condors
Conservation science and GIS mapping are providing programs to continue protection for endangered California condors. Nearly wiped out in the early 1980s, the species has made a remarkable recovery, and even inspired some of the strategies behind 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Carl Jones’ successful efforts with Mauritius kestrels. Find out more from Mongabay.com bit.ly/2dvcA8T
Ploughshare Tortoises Face Increasing Threat of Extinction
With fewer than 100 left in the wild, Madagascar’s critically endangered ploughshare tortoises face an increased threat of extinction. Conservation groups at the CITES meeting estimate the species could go extinct within two years, and are working to develop long-term solutions for recovery.
Find out more: bit.ly/2cSQOYP | Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust |Wildlife Conservation Society
Increased Protections for Elephants Fails to Pass at CITES Conference
Continental divide on elephant conservation and the ivory issue. Efforts to increase protections for elephants fails to pass at the CITES conference in Johannesburg. Get all the details from BBC News here → bbc.in/2dGvlID
A Bird in the Hand: Leadership Insights from Conservation Hero Carl Jones
From the jungle to the boardroom, successful conservation takes leadership! Join us for insight from 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Carl Jones at our Leadership Breakfast from 7-9am, Oct. 14 at Central Library. Details → bit.ly/2dqcr5n
New Protections for African Grey Parrots
New protections extended for African grey parrots, a species vulnerable to extinction, at the CITES conference. Find out more from National Geographic and Wildlife Conservation Society bit.ly/2dKOWqQ [close]
New Technology Heightens Snow Leopard Conservation
New technology may be pivotal to the future of snow leopard conservation. Find out more from PBS here: to.pbs.org/2ddLMMz
2016 Prize Finalist Rodney Jackson has devoted more than 30 years to researching these elusive cats and was key in leading groundbreaking radio-tracking studies through the 1980s in much of the species 12-country range. Learn more about this conservation hero at IndianapolisPrize.org. |Snow Leopard Conservancy
Conservation Victory for Jamaican Iguanas
Good news for Jamaican iguanas! Plans for a proposed shipping port will be moved, ensuring the protected habitat of Goat Islands remain home to the critically endangered species. Once presumed extinct, Jamaican iguanas have been at the heart of more than 25 years of recovery efforts and are now considered one of the greatest success stories in conservation science. bit.ly/2cEbrrx
Global Wildlife Conservation | International Iguana Foundation
Big Moves at CITES Conference for Pangolins
Big moves made at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg this week — an international trade ban has been approved for all eight species of critically endangered pangolins. More from NPR n.pr/2du9Gir #CoP17
Unique Animals May Receive More Protection at CITES
Unique animals face some of the largest threats from poaching and wildlife trade — but for seven species in South Africa, their future could be brightening. Check out more conservation news from National Geographicbit.ly/2cQJ9es
Anti-Poaching Dogs Preserve Wildlife
Incredible! Check out this inside look at the work of anti-poaching units asBBC Earth shows just how good these dogs are at their job. bit.ly/2d5PzcT
Dogs are being used more and more often to help preserve wildlife species including rhinos and elephants from poachers.
The Setbacks and Successes of Rhino Conservation in Asia
Uncovering the unique challenges faced by Asia’s three rhino species →bit.ly/2cMCaoD | Mongabay.com
Celebrating World Rhino Day with Dr. Joel Berger
We're celebrating #WorldRhinoDay with conservation hero and two-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Joel Berger's story ► bit.ly/2d3S3bO
While Joel's incredible studies helped African nations reevaluate the practice of rhino dehorning, he's also played an important role in protecting other flagship species from Mongolia to the Arctic and beyond. Wildlife Conservation Society | Colorado State University
Comeback for California's Sea Otters
Could a comeback for California’s sea otters be on the way? More on new census numbers and the future for recovery efforts: bit.ly/2daJw8y | The Christian Science Monitor | Monterey Bay Aquarium
Putting Leopards Back on the Conservation Radar
What does the future hold for leopards? Find out how scientists and organizations like Panthera are keeping the cats on the conservation radar » via The Huffington Post huff.to/2d2y6Dv
U.S. Burns Rhino Horn Stockpile
#ICYMI US takes stand against poaching by burning $1 million worth of confiscated rhino horn. Learn more from The Huffington Posthuff.to/2cBfMy5
Conservation and Virtual Reality: A Beneficial Combination?
Could virtual reality have a positive effect on conservation efforts? See how technology is connecting people to wild things and wild places »bit.ly/2c4ZnoT | Conservation International Mission Blue Upload VR
Five New Species of Saki Monkeys Found
Scientists have found five new species of saki monkeys! Check out the story, featuring Russ Mittermeier — two-time Prize Finalist andConservation International President — from Mongabay.com →bit.ly/2cIHhcs
Humback Whales Removed from Endangered List after Significant Population Recovery
After seeing significant recovery in the last four decades, federal authorities have decided to remove most humpback whales from the endangered species list. More from Guardian Environment bit.ly/2c6WaQu
World's Largest Gorillas Now Critically Endangered
Announced yesterday: The world’s largest gorillas received a change in their conservation status. Grauer’s gorillas — also known as eastern lowland gorillas — are now listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. bit.ly/2dysxKn
Good News for Giant Pandas
Efforts to save pandas paying off: the species upgraded from endangered to vulnerable. bit.ly/2dwe2u3
Social Networks Could Save Hawaiian Monk Seals
Understanding social patterns of Hawaiian monk seals could help scientists protect the critically endangered species. See how this is helping ensure the seals are receiving vaccinations from diseases that otherwise have the ability to push them to extinction. From Scientific American magazinebit.ly/2c7eDhi [close]
Sobering Numbers from Great Elephant Census
Sobering story from National Geographic's Wildlife Watch. African elephant numbers drop 30 percent according to a new study. Find out more below ↓
But there’s still hope for these incredible creatures. See how 2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton and his team at Save the Elephants strive to create a bright future for Africa’s elephant populations by visiting IndianapolisPrize.org and clicking Conservation Heroes.
Resurgence for California's Populations of Abalone
Conservationists in Southern California are hard at work to restore populations of abalone — an effort that is vital to both ensuring a future for the species and helping provide an economic boost for the area. Read more from the Daily Breeze bit.ly/2bOXp9N
Ocearch Finds First Great White Shark Birthing Site
OCEARCH's scientists have discovered the first known birthing site for great white sharks. Understanding this North Atlantic Coast ecosystem while working to tag young members of the population can lead to better protection policies and scientific knowledge. Find out more here from CBS News → cbsn.ws/2bZO1iw
Largest Marine Protected Area Set for Hawaii
Hawaii will soon have the world’s largest protected marine area thanks toPresident Obama's proclamation. Home to more than 7,000 species, thePapahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument will expand to more than twice the size of Texas! bit.ly/2bSGO2S The Guardian | Pew Environment |#MahaloObama
Atauro Island could have the World's Most Biodiverse Waters
Could Atauro Island have the most biodiverse water in the world? More than 600 species have been found by Conservation Internationalresearchers. Find out more from The Guardian bit.ly/2bhOPB7
Sarawak Announces Department of National Parks and Wildlife, 2.2 Million Protected Acres
Sarawak is establishing 2.2 million acres of protected habitat, home to orangutans and other endangered species. Find out more fromMongabay.com bit.ly/2beSU9e
New Park Could Save China's Big Cats
A new reserve — 60 percent larger than Yellowstone — is being created to help protect the Amur tigers and leopards across northeast China. Check out more from Science: bit.ly/2bqOefu
WAZA and TRAFFIC Team Up to Battle Wildlife Trade
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network have teamed up to advance conservation efforts and combat illegal wildlife trade. Read more here: bit.ly/2biy4ny
Walrus Database Gives Clues to Advance Conservation Efforts
A new database that shows walrus gathering spots — known as haulouts — dates back 160 years and offers clues to advance protection and conservation efforts. Check out more from NPR » n.pr/2b4ZMDc
Scientists Discovered a New Species of Snake in East-Central Mexico
Scientists discovered a new species of snake in east-central Mexico. The orange and black snake belongs to the group called “earth snakes.” Learn more about this find from Mongabay.com bit.ly/2bnAD64
Still Hope for Endangered Whale Sharks
Scientists believe there is still hope for whale sharks despite their recent status as an endangered species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Learn more about how ecotourism is shaping conservation efforts from National Geographic → bit.ly/2bb4sWU
Rare Sand Cat is Found in The United Arab Emirates
For the first time in a decade, a rare sand cat was spotted in the United Arab Emirates. Despite their desert habitat ranging across much of North Africa, Arabia and Central Asia, little is known about the species. Find out how new information is shaping conservation efforts from New Scientistbit.ly/2aW3Eb5.
Channel Island Foxes are Making a Comeback
Channel Island foxes have made an incredible comeback ... so much so, they were recently removed from the endangered species list! Learn about the conservation success story from Los Angeles Times lat.ms/2bnMdyE
Celebrate World Elephant Day!
“I think there's a good future for elephants and people. It's a matter of finding a compromise between elephants and human interests and looking after our natural heritage.” – 2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton
As we celebrate World Elephant Day, take a look at some of Iain’s heroic efforts alongside Save the Elephants to protect the species across Africa.
Indochinese Leopards are Struggling to Survive
Indochinese leopards are struggling to survive. See how the species is becoming a conservation priority for individuals and organizations like Panthera, where 2008 Indianapolis Prize Winner George Schaller serves as vice president. Learn more from Mongabay.com here: bit.ly/2aZVknZ
Deep Bioluminescent Corals were Captured for the First Time on Color HD Video
How cool! Deep sea bioluminescent corals were captured in moving color for the first time. The bamboo corals are found 380 meters under the sea surface off the coast of the Hawaiian Island, Oahu. Learn more from National Geographic → bit.ly/2aVnCQs
It's World Lion Day!
It’s World Lion Day! Today, we’re celebrating Dr. George Schaller, one of the fathers of modern conservation, for his efforts to research and protect the lions of Africa among many other species. Find out more about the 2008 Indianapolis Prize Winner and his work with Panthera and Wildlife Conservation Society here » bit.ly/2aRV4u3 | IndianapolisPrize.org
Persian Leopards were Released Near Olympic Village of Sochi
A nature reserve close to the former Olympic town of Sochi is now home to three rare Persian leopards. Those reintroducing the big cats hope the effort will boost the subspecies after a loss of nearly 85 percent of its home range. Find out more about the return of the leopards from National Geographic bit.ly/2b66agO
The World's Rarest Parrot is Expecting a Baby Boom
Meet the world’s rarest parrot — New Zealand’s kakapo. This dog-sized flightless bird has a global population of only 123 adults, but luckily a baby boom is set to increase their populations by nearly a third this year! Check out more from BBC Earth bbc.in/2aFSh4t
Manatees Will Make Their Way Back to Guadeloupe
Manatees on Mongabay.com today! The world's first manatee re-population program will bring back the threatened species to Guadeloupe for the first time in more than a century. Check out all the details here »bit.ly/2aLVdyr
A Homecoming for Hellbenders
This month, eastern hellbenders — North America’s largest salamanders — will be released throughout Ohio streams with the hope to restore threatened populations. Hellbenders have been a species of special concern on federal lists since 1983. Find out more about the conservation project at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on The New York Times nyti.ms/2av82dF
Biodiversity is Found to be Greater in Protected Areas
Scientists uncover just how much greater biodiversity is inside the world’s protected areas. The study found 15 percent more individual plants and animals, and an 11 percent increase in species within these areas. Learn more from The Guardian --> bit.ly/2awGTYu
Scientists Discover a New Species of Scorpionfish
The way scientists discovered a new species of scorpionfish, living 300 to 500 feet below the ocean’s surface, has unveiled new ways to study Caribbean reef biodiversity. By using a manned submersible, Carasub, researchers have already discovered numerous new fish including the Godzilla goby and blenny fish, helping develop an understanding of the tropical deep reefs. Find out more from Mongabay.comm: bit.ly/2aMhmio
Conservation Soars To New Heights
Conservation soars to new heights. From Forbes: Check out howConservation Drones are helping monitor and protect critically endangered orangutans and their habitat throughout Southeast Asia. bit.ly/2aFOMP1 [close]
It's International Tiger Day!
It's #InternationalTigerDay! Today, we're celebrating these incredible big cats and the conservationists — like 2008 Prize Finalist K. Ullas Karanth — dedicated to saving the species. Watch ► bit.ly/2aA0g68 | Wildlife Conservation Society | IndianapolisPrize.org
New Whale Species Discovered
Orangutan Vocalization Research
Extraordinary research out of Indianapolis Zoo and Durham Universitytoday! Newly published study in Scientific Reports on an orangutan's vocalizations provides key insight to understanding the evolution of human speech.
Learn more about how science helps lead to care and conservation atIndianapolisPrize.org.
Cosco Announces Shark Fin Ban
Encouraging news → China’s largest shipping line promises to ban shark fins.
The new policy from Cosco was announced in a letter to WildAid Hong Kong 野生救援. Hong Kong is considered the capital of the world’s shark-fin trade. Details from TIME ti.me/2abGcGn
Interested in what’s being done to protect against illegal wildlife trade? Find out about WildAid's efforts and the organization’s founder, 2016 Indianapolis Prize Nominee Peter Knights, at IndianapolisPrize.org.
Campaigners Work to Reintroduce Euasian Lynx Back Into the Wild
The Eurasian lynx was hunted to near extinction throughout Britian nearly 1,300 years ago. Today, people are working to have the predatory cat reintroduced back into its natural habitat in regions north of England and across southern Scotland. Learn more from The Guardian » bit.ly/2aruM3a
'Save The Elephants' on Vietnam's Contribution to the Illegal Ivory Trade
New report from Save the Elephants shows just how much Vietnam’s illegal ivory trade is threatening Africa’s elephants. bit.ly/2aeZoDM
Vietnam now has one of the largest illegal ivory markets. It takes dedicated conservationists like 2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner Iain Douglas-Hamiltonto protect this magnificent species. Check out more of his inspiring work atIndianapolisPrize.org by clicking Conservation Heroes.
Mexico Bans Night Fishing
New steps to save the vaquita. Mexico bans night fishing and gillnets in an attempt to protect the critically endangered porpoise. Find out more fromAP → apne.ws/29ZPsdT
Improving Lives and Conserving Nature
Improving lives and conserving nature? Sounds like a good idea! Learn more from Wildlife Conservation Society on how a new online data base will help policymakers make decisions that benefit humans and natural ecosystems. bit.ly/2ag6ZmX
Russia Released Three Persian Leopards Into The Wild
Great news! Russia has released three Persian leopards into Russia’s Western Caucasus — the first ever attempt to reintroduce this species into the wild. Learn more from WWF about this amazing feat and what it means for the future → bit.ly/2a8sbdb
"Playing Dian Brought Me Into Her World"
“Playing Dian brought me into her world and the world of gorillas and made it abundantly clear to me just how much of a difference one individual can make." — Sigourney Weaver, 2016 Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award Winner
Dogs With Jobs
“Dogs with jobs” are protecting New Zealand’s native wildlife from extinction. Learn more from The Huffington Post → huff.to/29JyIM8
Sigourney Weaver Named the 2016 Recipient of the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award
Famed actor and conservationist,
Sigourney Weaver, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Jane Alexander
Global Wildlife Ambassador Award.
Since her starring role in the 1988
film Gorillas in the Mist, she has
been an advocate for the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and serves as honorary chair
of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Sigourney brought her
credibility to BBC’s highly popular series Planet
Earth as narrator, joined other conservationists at the United Nations
General Assembly in 2006, and has earned multiple awards from the Explorer’s
Club and Audubon’s Women in Conservation.
Weaver has captivated audiences
with unique and memorable characters. She continues to lend her voice in honor
of conservation efforts and roles.
The award was created in honor of
Tony and Emmy-award winning actor Jane Alexander for her decades of serving as
a credible, consistent and effective voice for wildlife sustainability.
Alexander has been involved with organization including the Wildlife
Conservation Society, the Audubon Society and Panthera. She received the first
presentation of the award in 2012 and is an Honorary Chair of the Indianapolis
Joe Hogsett Signed The Mayors' Monarch Pledge
Indianapolis! Today, Mayor Joe Hogsett signed the Mayors' Monarch Pledge to kick of the city's Pollinator Partnership Initiative. You can become a citizen scientist and protect pollinators this week by taking part in Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.'s Pollinator Count. Click here to get started →bit.ly/2a5MypY | SustainIndy | Indiana Wildlife Federation
Conservation heroes like 2016 Prize nominees Tim Becker and Lincoln Brower have studied vital pollinator species for ecosystems — including monarch butterflies. Learn more about their stories atIndianapolisPrize.org.
It's Arctic Sea Ice Day! Hear About Sea Ice and Polar Bears from 2012 Prize Winnter Steve Amstrup
It's Arctic Sea Ice Day! Click play to hear 2012 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Steven Amstrup's perspective on polar bears and the planet's remaining sea ice. There's great hope for the future -- see how you can join these efforts from Polar Bears International and learn more about this conservation hero at IndianapolisPrize.org.
It's Shark Awareness Day!
It's #SharkAwarenessDay! Take a spin under the sea with this awesome whale shark and learn more about dedicated conservationists protecting the world's ocean creatures at IndianapolisPrize.org
The Democratic Republic of Congo Establishes a New National Park
Fantastic news for the Democratic Republic of Congo! The country has established a new national park for the first time in decades. The park — Lomami National Park — will span more than 2.2 million acres. Researchers have spent years surveying the diverse area, home to endangered okapi, bonobos and even a new species of monkey: the colorful lesula. Learn more from Mongabay.com → bit.ly/29xZ9Qi
1,000th Bird Recorded in Madidi National Park
One of the world’s most biodiverse protected areas and a bird mecca –Madidi National Park- has led researchers to another amazing find. Learn more from Wildlife Conservation Society about the 1,000th bird species discovered --> bit.ly/29sMnCB
Two Shark Species End Up on the Endangered Species List
Sad news comes in for shark species. Whale sharks & winghead sharks are officially listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, largely due to fishing nets and collision with ship propellers. Find out more from The Guardian about the dangers these two predatory species face --> bit.ly/29BAFK0
It's Save the Vaquita Day!
It’s Save the Vaquita Day! With only 60 left in the wild this small porpoise is the world’s most endangered marine mammal. Want to know how you can help? Click here: bit.ly/29iBEPw
See how conservationists across the world are striving to save species atIndianapolisPrize.org.
George Schaller is Still Fighting to Preserve Last Frontier
Absolutely inspirational! Nothing can slow 2008 Indianapolis Prize Winner George Schaller down. The longtime conservation hero is still protecting Alaska’s frontier. Check out more from Smithsonian Magazinebit.ly/29rHLNk | IndianapolisPrize.org | Panthera
Find Out Why it is Important to Save Madagascar's Largest Carnivore- The Fossa
See how Madagascar’s largest carnivore — the fosa — is vital to conservation efforts. Despite being one of the least studied and most threatened groups of carnivores worldwide, fosa play a defining role in the ecosystem. Find out more about this keystone species fromMongabay.com here: bit.ly/29kbNlY
Is Cheetah Diversity Disappearing?
Is cheetah diversity disappearing? Two-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Laurie Marker and researchers at the @CCF are revealing new findings. More from The Namibian Sun: bit.ly/29iqsCr | IndianapolisPrize.org
Scientist Believe that Elusive Snow Leopard is More Abundant Than Thought
Scientists believe that elusive snow leopards are more abundant than previously thought. Learn more from Wildlife Conservation Society:bit.ly/29y2rFt
Dr. Rodney Jackson has devoted more than three decades to protecting these “ghosts of the mountain.” Find out more about his work with Snow Leopard Conservancy at IndianapolisPrize.org by clicking Conservation Heroes.
Bornean Orangutans are Now Listed as 'Critically Endangered'
Somber news today as Bornean orangutans are now listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ... a reminder of how vital conservation heroes are to the sustainability of incredible species across the planet.
Four Dogs Are Part of the First Canine Dection Team to Search For Illegal Wildlife Products
Four dogs have become part of the world’s first canine detection team to sniff out illegal wildlife products, including elephant ivory, in shipping cargo and airport luggage. Check out more from The New York Timesnyti.ms/297JoE9[close]
2018 Indianapolis Prize Nominations Are Now Open!
It's the perfect time to honor the work of inspiring wildlife conservationists! Nominations are now open for the 2018 Indianapolis Prize and will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2017.
Hawaii Becomes the Fifth State to Ban Wildlife Trade
New Aboreal Tools Are Helping Researchers Observe Elusive Species
New arboreal tools are helping researchers observe elusive and threatened rainforest species that often go unstudied. These new techniques will help scientists understand impacts on canopy-dwelling species including spider monkeys and silky pygmy anteaters. Check out more from Mongabay.com → bit.ly/293bsrY
Dedicated Individuals Take Care of the World's Three Last Northern White Rhinos
WATCH ► Enormous efforts against extinction. See how dedicated individuals are working to save the world's last three Northern White Rhinos. Learn more from HuffPost Green. huff.to/29eNbNE
New Acoustic Buoy to Help Study New York's Whales
Conservation technology » New acoustic buoy is helping scientists monitor New York’s whales. The buoy will identify some of the world’s largest animals by sound, allowing further studies and better protections for these endangered species. Learn more from WCS → bit.ly/291UYyW
The Dormouse is Back!
More than 100 years after they were last recorded, the dormouse has returned to England’s woodlands. Twenty breeding pairs were released in the Yorkshire Dale National Park in hopes to restore the population. Learn more about these efforts, and how they could affect species like wolves and eagles, from The Guardian → bit.ly/290bnp1
Cambodia Declares to Open First Marine Park
Cambodia declares to have its first marine protected area — 156 square miles! The protected area will help conserve key species such as seahorses and sea turtles. Learn more from Mongabay.com →bit.ly/28XPmTy
Rare Parrot was Spotted in the Wild for the First Time in 15 Years
For the last 15 years, rare Spix’s Macaws were thought to be extinct in the wild … until now! One of the beautiful, blue-feathered parrots — star of the animated movie Rio — was spotted in Brazil, giving new hope for the area. Learn more from MPR Newsbit.ly/28X8uRS
Two-Time Indy Prize Finalist Gives Insight on Cheetah Conservation
Check out two-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Laurie Marker’s blog onThe Huffington Post. It’s all about environment, sustainability and cheetah conservation → huff.to/28WlYl8 | Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)
Elephant Relocation Program Could Help Save the Species
Wildlife experts are working on an elephant relocation project in Africa to help with declines related to heavy poaching. 500 elephants will be moved to a sanctuary in hopes of restoring and sustaining populations. Learn more about this effort from The Guardian » bit.ly/28Sq7a4
Grauer's Gorillas Numbers Are Increasing
Good news! Grauer’s gorilla numbers have been increasing in one area of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last 5 years. Learn more from Wildlife Conservation Society →bit.ly/28Pmz8W
2008 Prize Finalist, Ullas Karanth, Give Perspective on Tracking Endangered Tigers
2008 Indianapolis Prize Finalist K. Ullas Karanth offers perspectives on innovative approaches to tracking endangered tigers, estimating their populations and assessing population health. Listen to his interview withScientific American magazine here: bit.ly/28P0kiN | Wildlife Conservation Society | IndianapolisPrize.org
"Get Out Into Nature"
“Get out into nature — see what’s out there.” – 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Professor Carl Jones
#TuesdayTidbit | IndianapolisPrize.org | Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust| The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
2016 Prize Finalist, Carl Safina, Expresses the Need to Protect Pacific Blue Fin Tuna
2016 Prize Finalist Dr. Carl Safina expresses a need to protect Pacific Bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act as populations reach new lows. Find out more about the petition, environmental effects and recovery from the Center for Biological Diversity. bit.ly/28K3ipk
Safina, a crusader for the ocean and its creatures, works to effectively connect humans with marine species. Learn more about his heroic endeavors with The Safina Center at IndianapolisPrize.org.
15 Spots Where Coral Reefs Aren't Dying As Fast As Expected
Bringing bright news to you for the weekend! A recent study found better human management is resulting in more “bright spots” for coral reefs across the planet. Find out more from NPR n.pr/1YylJ0s
Let's Hear it for Wildlife Conservationists
"Let's hear it for wildlife conservationists. These unsung heroes deserve our praise."
See how leaders in the field are defining the world we'll live in tomorrow. From Indianapolis Prize President Michael Crowther on Fox Newsfxn.ws/1YusUHp
Singapore Crushes Its Ivory Stockpile
For the first time, Singapore crushed its stockpile of ivory – 8 metric tons worth $10 million – sending a strong message against the illegal wildlife trade. Find out more from @Mongabay.com bit.ly/1UiSf47
Digital Tracking Sheds New Light on Animal Migration
Digital tracking brings forward new light on how animal migration patterns affect ecology and economics. See how this data helps scientists study and protect species across the globe via The Guardianbit.ly/1YpcLTl
The Jaugarundi Could Be in More Danger Than We Thought
According to new studies, the jaguarundi — a small wildcat from North and South America — may be more threatened than previously thought. Recently, populations have spiked the interest of scientists andInternational Business Times has the details » bit.ly/1U40vT5
Malaysia Establishes its Biggest Marine Park
After 13 years of government negotiations, Malaysia has established its largest marine park. With 1 million hectares, the park includes more than 50 islands with 3,000 fish species and 75 percent of the world’s coral species. Learn more about the Tun Mustapha Park from Mongabay.com→ bit.ly/1ULuD8c
Prize Finalist Gerardo Ceballos Shares Views on Nature and Extinction
Two-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Gerardo Ceballos offers views on nature and extinction with Alexander Heffner. Find out more from PBSThe Open Mind bit.ly/1OgYu9h
Ceballos has been at the forefront of groundbreaking research and animal conservation efforts across Mexico, including the country’s first Act for Endangered Species. Follow his work at IndianapolisPrize.org by clicking the Conservation Heroes tab.
Norway is the First to Ban Deforestation
Norway becomes world’s first country to ban deforestation. The nation has pledged to outlaw any product in its supply chain contributing to deforestation, while also committing to sustainably sourced palm oil, soy, beef and timber products. Find out more from The Huffington Posthuff.to/1Ui93JL
Celebrating World Oceans Day with Indianapolis Prize Finalist
Healthy oceans = a healthy planet! This #WorldOceansDay we’re celebrating the inspiring work of conservationists who have dedicated their lives to protecting creatures of the sea. Find out more about 2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalists P. Dee Boersma, Carl Safina and Amanda Vincent here » bit.ly/28kvNPn
Simple Technology is Saving Sea Turtles
A simple invention is reducing bycatch ... saving sea turtles and other species. Find out more about innovative turtle excluder devices and the positive impact on sea life and sustainability. From WWF wwf.to/25KJlBm
Indianapolis Prize Winner Saves the Mauritius Kestrel
The comeback of the Mauritius kestrel is the definition of hope. Once the rarest bird in the world, there are now several hundred in the wild, thanks to the pioneering vision and charismatic leadership of 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Carl Jones. Read more about Carl's journey to save species and ecosystems here » bit.ly/24X7Afd
The United States Bans the Commercial Ivory Trade
Bold moves and incredible news for African elephants today! The US bans commercial ivory trade — a huge step to ending wildlife crime.1.usa.gov/286cfOv | 96 Elephants | Wildlife Conservation Society | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Conservationists Winning At Wildlife
Conservationists like 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Professor Carl Jones are winning for wildlife and wild places. Learn more about Carl’s awe-inspiring work to save species large and small – and share his heroic story with your friends. bit.ly/24X7Afd
2008 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Discusses the Future of Tiger Recovery
The tigers of the Madhya Pradesh forests — India's landscapes that inspired The Jungle Book — still face threats despite increases in population.
Hear from Dr. K. Ullas Karanth, 2008 Indianapolis Prize Finalist and science director for Wildlife Conservation Society, on the future of tiger recovery and see what conservationists are doing to ensure these big cats thrive. On the Washington Post: wapo.st/1XfTEwb[close]
Great News for Cambodia's Endangered Species
Positive news for endangered species like the banteng and white-shouldered ibis, as Cambodian forests receive new protections. Find more on Mongabay.com here: bit.ly/1TVee0S
New Technology Hopes to Protect Rhinos
Will new technology protect rhinos from poachers? Find out more about a two-phase vehicle tracking project near Kruger National Park and conservationists' outlook from USA TODAY usat.ly/22rduno
Indianapolis Prize Winner and Mentor
True leaders don’t just inspire followers — they inspire more leaders. 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Carl Jones has mentored and trained more than 800 people on his unique approach to species conservation, and many are now working in the field professionally. Learn more about how Carl is influencing the next generation of conservation heroes »bit.ly/24X7Afd
Changes in Human-Polar Bear Conflict
Overcoming conservation challenges, like human-wildlife conflict, takes teamwork. Hear from Polar Bears International’s senior director of conservation on keeping polar bears and people safe in a changing Arctic.
Plus, you can find out more about conservation efforts for the famed species and 2012 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Steven Amstrup's work to protect them at IndianapolisPrize.org by clicking "Conservation Heroes."
Brazil's Long Lost Blue-eyed Ground-dove has Been Sighted
Beautifully unique and once thought to be extinct. Brazil’s Blue-eyed Ground-dove has been sighted after a 75-year absence. See how conservationists are responding to the rediscovery from Mongabay.combit.ly/25gP1mr
World's Rarest Cat Population Expected to Rocket in Russia
Thanks to Russia’s impressive conservation efforts there’s promising news for the world’s rarest big cat. 16 healthy Amur leopard cubs could mean the population of the critically endangered species is larger than previously estimated. More from Nature World News bit.ly/27Rrc6U
A Bright Future Ahead for Myanmar's Marine Resources
A bright, blue future for Myanmar’s marine resources. Insightful opinions on efforts to protect at-risk species and ecosystems from Wildlife Conservation Society. Check out more from The Guardian →bit.ly/1OT6sVY
Superman Helps in Animal Conservation
Superhero of the silver screen, Henry Cavill — you may know him better as Superman — is drawing attention to our very own hero of animal conservation, 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Professor Carl Jones! Check out his post from #CavillConservation → bit.ly/1TrLNHy
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust | IndianapolisPrize.org
Edible Rings on Six-Packs Give New Outlook
Saltwater Brewery created an innovative way to protect marine species from plastic six-pack rings ... by making them edible! Check out the story from HuffPost Green ↓
Indianapolis Prize President Gives Insight on Species Recovery
Indianapolis Prize President Michael Crowther offers thoughtful insights on the important role of species recovery in modern conservation movements and the triumph of the National Bison Legacy Act. Read more on The Hill:bit.ly/1XzPVYS
Carl Jones' Heroic Achievements
Conservationists today are defining the world that we will live in tomorrow. And because of 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Carl Jones, there are still at least five bird, three reptile and one mammal species in our world that would otherwise be gone forever. Learn more about Carl’s heroic achievements for animals here » bit.ly/24X7Afd
Zero Rhino Poaching in Two Years for Nepal
Great news in Nepal! This month marked the first time Nepal has achieved two consecutive years of zero rhino poaching. Populations of greater one-horned rhinos now reach 645, a record high for the country. More from WWF → bit.ly/23W09CB
The Vaquita Still Facing Threats
The world's smallest porpoise — the vaquita — is still facing threats and population declines, edging closer to extinction. Find out more about conservation efforts for the species from The New York Times here:nyti.ms/1OxNu77
King of Second Chances: Carl Jones
Few people can say they’ve saved one species from extinction, let alone NINE. But 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Carl Jones can. Read more about this “king of second chances” and the bright future he’s giving endangered animals and ecosystems from our partners at the IndyStar »indy.st/1Om5LV0
First Report of All The World's Plant Life is Out!
The United States Has A New National Mammal... The Bison!
Meet the United States official national mammal: the American bison!wwf.to/1ZAC1o1
Russia Makes First Ever Wildlife Tunnel
Great news! Russia’s first-ever wildlife tunnel leaves vital corridors for species like Amur leopards and tigers intact. Check out more from Wildlife Conservation Society bit.ly/1Zi0EWp
Indianapolis Celebrates Indianapolis Prize
The city of Indianapolis celebrates Prize Winner Carl Jones with us as Mayor Joe Hogsett proclaims May 4, 2016 Indianapolis Prize Day!bit.ly/1QF1I0f
Inside Indianapolis Prize Winner, Carl Jones, Passionate Work
2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Professor Carl Jones exemplifies what it means to truly save species. Insightful look at his passionate work fromBBC Wales News →
Inspiring Future Generations
Inspiring future generations of conservationists » 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Professor Carl Jones and actor Milo Parker who plays young Gerald in The Durrells
WTHR-TV Features 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Carl Jones
A great feature from WTHR-TV on our inspiring 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Professor Carl Jones! Check it out ↓
Live in London!
In ONE HOUR the Indianapolis Prize will be LIVE from London! Join us as we celebrate Carl Jones — Winner of the 2016 Indianapolis Prize — withDurrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Mauritian Wildlife Foundationduring a special event at the Natural History Museum, London. Tune in to our YouTube channel at 9am EDT to watch ► bit.ly/1UmzNcj
Winner of The 2016 Indianapolis Prize is... Carl Jones!
We’re thrilled to announce Professor Carl Jones as the 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner!
A conservation pioneer, leader and hero, Carl truly has saved species on the brink of extinction. Whether he’s protecting the Mauritius kestrel or the pink pigeon, his decades-long dedication to restoring endangered animal populations and habitats is inspiring a lasting conservation legacy.
Find out more about his vision and actions alongside the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation here »bit.ly/1QF1I0f
WTHR-TV Features Indianapolis Prize Finalist Amanda Vincent
It's the last feature on our 2016 Finalists from our friends at WTHR-TV. Get to know Amanda Vincent and her work with Project Seahorse »bit.ly/1Njtsgu
Five Endangered Species in Indiana
Saving species is possible, it just takes vision, determination and action. Great piece from the IndyStar on the endangered species of Indiana and how you can help ↓
The United States Will Soon Have a National Mammal
Meet the United States official national mammal: the American bison!wwf.to/1ZAC1o1[close]
Indianapolis Prize Finalst Amanda Vincent and Seahorses
2016 Prize Finalist Dr. Amanda Vincent has dedicated her professional life to protecting seahorses and the marine environments they call home. As one of the first biologists to study these unique creatures underwater, Dr. Vincent’s research was instrumental in putting all 47 of the world’s seahorse species on the global conservation agenda. Find out more about her incredible efforts here: bit.ly/1SWd0U3
WTHR-TV Features Indianapolis Prize Finalist Carl Safina
Another awesome Finalist feature from our friends at WTHR-TV. Get to know 2016 Finalist and best-selling author Dr. Carl Safina and see how his work is protecting the world's ocean species. bit.ly/1SMiT7P | The Safina Center | Stony Brook University | IndianapolisPrize.org
Indianapolis Prize Finalist Carl Safina Connects Conservation Through Storytelling
2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Carl Safina creates conservation connections through storytelling. His compelling articles and best-selling books explore the tales of humans, animals and the natural world. Learn more about Carl’s work here: bit.ly/1SWd0U3
Wildlife Corridor for Malaysia's Orangutans
How do you create an impactful wildlife corridor for orangutans and other wildlife? New ecological studies in Malaysia bring new understanding for riverine corridors and their functions. Find out more here: bit.ly/23XbmVu |IndianapolisPrize.org
WTHR-TV Features Indianapolis Prize Finalist Rodney Jackson
WTHR-TV's next featured 2016 Finalist is Dr. Rodney Jackson of theSnow Leopard Conservancy! Check out his dedicated work to protect these endangered cats → bit.ly/1SOCvC5 and find out more about conservation heroes like Rodney at IndianapolisPrize.org
New Sound Library Helps Bat Conservation
Scientists compiled the largest sound library to both identify and conserve rare species of bats. Check out more from BBC News » bbc.in/1NjnQ5x |UCL | ZSL London Zoo
Indianapolis Prize Finalist Carl Jones Saves Species From Extinction
If anyone can save a species from extinction, it’s 2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Professor Carl Jones. He has led recoveries for bird, mammal and reptile species across the Republic of Mauritius, including echo parakeets and the Mauritius kestrel, once the rarest bird in the world. Learn more about his awe-inspiring work here: bit.ly/1SWd0U3
WTHR-TV Features Indianapolis Prize Finalist Carl Jones
Our friends at WTHR-TV are featuring our third finalist this week - Professor Carl Jones! See how this incredible conservationist has brought species back from the brink of extinction and created a bright future for the mammals, birds and reptiles of Mauritius » bit.ly/23ANXcq | Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust | The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation |IndianapolisPrize.org
Great News for Tiger Populations
Terrific news for tigers – a new study finds enough habitat to potentially lead to population numbers doubling by the year 2022. Check out more from Mongabay.com here: bit.ly/1SZjsHU
Indianapolis Prize conservation heroes are dedicated to preserving species across the world, including tigers. 2008 Finalist K. Ullas Karanth propels their conservation by studying both behavior and ecology. Head toIndianapolisPrize.org for his story.
Indianapolis Prize Finalist Rodney Jackson Helps People and Snow Leopards Coexist
Sea Turtles Earned 'Threatened' Status
Great day for the green sea turtles of Florida and Mexico! Populations are doing well enough to earn a “threatened” rather than “endangered” classification. Find out more about this positive news and the conservationists devoted to protecting these marine creatures fromHeadlines and Global News bit.ly/1XhaRBJ | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Toldeo Zoo's Monarch Butterflies Find Their Way to Mexico
Great news for migrating monarchs! Butterflies released as part of theThe Toledo Zoo’s programs made it to Mexico, helping produce viable populations and bolster numbers. More from Toledo Blade bit.ly/1UGlsbo
WTHR-TV Highlights Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dee Boersma
WTHR-TV highlights Dr. Dee Boersma tonight in the second of six features on our 2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalists! Check out the incredible devotion of this penguin protector and stay tuned each Monday evening for more about our conservation heroes » bit.ly/1SwT99e
Penguin Sentinels | University of Washington | Wildlife Conservation Society | IndianapolisPrize.org
Devastating Drop in Numbers for Grauer's Gorillas
New report shows devastating drop in numbers of Grauer’s gorillas. See how Wildlife Conservation Society, Fauna & Flora International and other groups are taking action to reverse the decline → bit.ly/1M9N8mm |Phys.org
Reserve Established for Endangered Hoge's Side-necked Turtles
There’s new hope for endangered Hoge’s side-necked turtles as a new 236-acre reserve is established in Brazil. Find out more about the first protections for the populations from Rainforest Trust: bit.ly/1RU4Byl |Turtle Survival Alliance
Look Inside Conservation for Goualougo Triangle
An inside look at critical conservation work being done around the Goualougo Triangle for chimpanzees and gorillas » from Lincoln Park Zoobit.ly/236qwaw | Wildlife Conservation Society
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Fights for Endangered Indonedia's Elephants
Actor and conservation advocate Leonardo DiCaprio's newest travels raise awareness for the endangered species of Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem, including orangutans and elephants. Find out more fromPeople → bit.ly/1TnM4gi[close]
New Species of Bitis Viper Found in Ethopia
A new species of Bitis viper found in Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains National Park. While biologists may have only seen this snake once in the wild, researchers speculate the snake’s survival may be threatened by urbanization and agriculture. Learn more from Mongabay.combit.ly/1T98b9Z
Want to know more about snake conservation? 2016 Prize nominee Chris Jenkins has helped raise global awareness for the value of snakes through the Orianne Society. Meet other conservation heroes atIndianapolisPrize.org.
Joel Berger's Heroic Work
Conservation can be a powerful method of diplomacy, and the achievements of 2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Joel Berger are proof. Joel’s research on the muskoxen of the Arctic tundra has helped open a channel of communication between international scientists, who seek to understand the shaggy species as indicators of climate change. Learn more about Joel’s heroic work here: bit.ly/1SWd0U3
Ecuador Creates Galápagos Marine Sanctuary
Conservation success for sharks! Northern islands of Darwin and Wolf will be off-limits for fishing to conserve sharks and the ecosystem in which they live. More from The Guardian bit.ly/1U4vHGa
Astounding Numbers of Butterfly Species in Madidi National Park
Astounding numbers reported! WCS scientists identify 1,080 varieties of butterfly species in Madidi National Park nearly tripling the previous tally for the park. Learn more about the discovery here: bit.ly/1RoMByR
Showcasing Green Sea Turtles for St. Patrick's Day
We're going green for St. Patrick's Day to showcase an endangered species – the green sea turtle! And while they face threats including overharvesting, habitat loss and fisheries bycatch, there are inspiring conservationists, like 2016 Prize Finalist Dr. Carl Safina, dedicated to protecting the world's incredible marine species and their ocean homes. Learn more about green sea turtles here: wwf.to/256aKyl and check out Carl's work with The Safina Center at IndianapolisPrize.org by clicking on Conservation Heroes.
New Hope for Critically Endangered Monkeys of Vietnam
A newly discovered population of critically endangered monkeys brings new hope for the species in Vietnam. Learn more about the grey-shanked douc and what this population boost means for their conservation, from Mongabay.com here: bit.ly/1M7hC8l
Scientists Discover 15 Sumatran Rhinos
Good News! Scientists discover 15 Sumatran rhinos in Kalimantan – once thought to be extinct in the region – giving hope to this critically endangered species. More from Mongabay.com bit.ly/1prcxhi
Russia's Wild Horses Making a Comeback
Conservation gets a giddy up! Endangered Przewalski's horses making a comeback on Russia's steppes. Find out details of the reintroduction efforts from RFE/RL here: bit.ly/250fTb9
Prize Film Team Wins at International Elephant Film Festival
Congratulations to our Indianapolis Prize film team Mays Entertainmentfor their win at the International Elephant Film Festival! Watch the video here ► bit.ly/1P4r6M9 Mara Elephant Project | Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
New Octopus Species Found Near Hawaii
Exciting news! Scientists discovered what might be a new species of octopus on the ocean floor near Hawaii. Learn more about nicknamed "Casper the Friendly Ghost" from HuffPost Science & Techhuff.to/1p7EtpC
Endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin Populations on the Rise
Populations of endangered Irrawaddy dolphins are on the rise in Burma according to new surveys. See what conservationists find hope in and what threats the species still may face here: bit.ly/1XayStV | Wildlife Conservation Society
Nepal Rhinos Relocated to Bardia National Park
Translocation efforts for Greater one-horned rhinos are off to a bright start in Bardia National Park, Nepal. Over the next two years plans are in place to move 30 rhinos to the park, helping ensure a viable population and restoring their numbers to historic levels. Did you know Nepal achieved 365 days without poaching last year? That's the third time since 2011. Check out more from WWF wwf.to/1pux702
New Research Shows More Orangutans
Optimistic news for critically endangered Sumatran orangutans - new research shows wild populations might be larger than previously recorded. Find out what it means for conservation efforts via Phys.orgbit.ly/1UFXxHZ
Grizzly Bears May No Longer Need Protections in Yellowstone
Grizzly bear populations have been on the rebound in recent decades and now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections from the bears in and aroundYellowstone National Park. Check out more from HuffPost Greenhuff.to/1TZds3r
Celebrating Conservation Heroes on World Wildlife Day
2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalists = heroes of animal conservation. Today is #WorldWildlifeDay and while we're celebrating the incredible creatures that share our planet, we're recognizing the inspiring men and women who have dedicated their time and talents to protecting species from the sky to the sea » bit.ly/1T8wNQI
Coming Together to Save Endangered Okapi
Endangered okapi making headlines • IUCN and the global zoo community are coming together to protect the unique species • More from the HuffPost Green blog → huff.to/1OQOBbx
Drones Used to Battle Rhino Poaching in South Africa
Taking the battle against poaching to the sky — using drones for species conservation. More from Associated Press here: apne.ws/1TPj0NL
European Commission Launces Action Plan Against Wildlife Trafficking
Last week, the European Commission adopted an EU Action Plan, taking on wildlife trafficking and strengthening its role against these crimes. See how they plan to stifle what has become one of the most profitable illegal activities in order to protect species around the globe, from The Brussels Times: bit.ly/1Sf0PRK
Elephant Ivory DNA May Reveal Poaching Hotspots
DNA studies on elephant ivory are now revealing poaching hotspots and may help conservationists find and stop those driving the trade. More from Scientific American magazine: bit.ly/1WtR15y2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton has devoted his life to protecting Africa’s iconic elephants. Take a look at his inspiring work with Save the Elephants at IndianapolisPrize.org by clicking the Conservation Heroes tab.
Do Bigger Brains Mean Higher Risk of Extinction?
Could a big brain mean a greater risk of extinction? See why brain size holds promise for understanding species endangerment from Discovery News: bit.ly/1QmCunq
CBS News Discusses New Changes for Polar Bears
Watch CBS News feature for a clear understanding of polar bears and how their lives are changing. Learn more about the story here: http://cbsn.ws/20VI7Ep
Vessel Tracking System to Help Whales, Walrus and Ocean Wildlife
Helping people, whales,walrus and other wild ocean life by way of a vessel tracking system. Learn more about the efforts here: http://bit.ly/1Rw4CK5
2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalists Announced
They’re the heroes saving species. Bringing
hope for animals, our planet, and us, too. Today, we’re thrilled to reveal the
six conservationists who are one step closer to winning the world’s leading
award for animal conservation. Meet your 2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalists! bit.ly/20xHIrM
Year of the Monkey Brings Positive Conservation News
Did you know it’s now officially the Year of the Monkey? We’re celebrating with splendid conservation news for critically endangered woolly spider monkeys – check out more from Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cool Science bit.ly/1W7ytYH
Lone Jaguar May Be Last in the US
New footage shows El Jefe — the only jaguar known to live in the wild in the US — roaming the Santa Rita Mountains outside Tucson lat.ms/1Ks4Jox | Los Angeles Times | Center for Biological Diversity
Gerardo Ceballos, one of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize finalists, protects species like the jaguar and black-footed ferret as he pursues conservation throughout Mexico. Learn more about his story at IndianapolisPrize.org.
British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest Receives New Protections
Conservation news out of Canada → New protections on the horizon for the Great Bear rainforest on British Columbia’s coastline, home to the spirit bear, a rare subspecies of black bear. More via The Guardianbit.ly/1JViJXM
Mood Lighting is Saving Endangered Sea Turtles
A bright idea! Regulating beachfront lighting positively influences endangered sea turtles and their nesting sites. Find out more fromTakePart.com bit.ly/1STQc7B [close]
Adopts New Wildlife Migration Guidelines
The state of Wyoming adopted new conservation guidelines, seeking to protect some of North America's longest wildlife-migration routes. From ABC News abcn.ws/1PmSGsN
The Path of the Pronghorn is one of the most vital routes for the nation's large mammals and was the first federally designated wildlife corridor. 2016 Prize nominee Dr. Joel Berger of Society played an instrumental role in its establishment. Find out more about his story here: bit.ly/1ZYtmLr | IndianapolisPrize.org
Protecting South Africa's Leopards
News from South Africa: 2016 brings year-long leopard hunting ban to protect the big cat species. bit.ly/20uMra2|The Guardian |CITES
It's Kung Fu and Conservation for Endangered Pandas
Kung fu and conservation → World Wildlife Fund and Kung Fu Panda 3 star Jack Black team up to raise awareness for the iconic, endangered giant panda. Click here to find out more: wwf.to/23t2jwg
Elephant Herd Raises Hope for Endangered Species' Survival
A conservation success 14 years in the making » Conservation International's new footage of an elephant herd in Cambodia raises hope for the endangered species' survival. More from The Guardian: bit.ly/1Tnzf4R
Technological Approach to Save Vaquita Porpoises
A technological approach to saving the world's smallest (and rarest) marine mammal – see how researchers are trying to capture the first underwater footage of vaquita porpoises and find out more about the critically endangered species' plight. From National Geographicbit.ly/20pu7Py
See how conservation heroes like 2016 Prize nominee Dr. Carl Safina are working to protect the ocean's incredible animals at IndianapolisPrize.org |The Safina Center
Slight Drop in Poaching for South Africa's Rhinos
An optimistic outlook » For the first time in a decade, there was a slight drop in the number of rhinos poached in South Africa. From USA TODAYusat.ly/1ZHIw7v
Tree Frog Rediscovered in India
With the last wild sighting in 1870, many thought a little tree frog in India was long extinct. But that's not the case... a scientific expedition led to their rediscovery! Check out more from NPR n.pr/1JZU6sK
It's Penguin Awareness Day
March on over with those happy feet, because today is #PenguinAwarenessDay! Did you know 2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee Dee Boersma has protected the Magellanic penguins of Argentina's coastline for 30 years? Find out more about her incredible work here:bit.ly/1Mulzgt | IndianapolisPrize.org University of Washington| Penguin Sentinels
England Announces 23 New Marine Conservation Zones
Taking conservation under the sea » 23 new conservation zones stretch along England's coast, nearly doubling the number of protected areas. But is it enough to shield species from devastation of dredging and trawling? Find out details from Guardian
Environment here: bit.ly/1JcSTyc| The
Two New Frogs Discovered in Madagascar
Madagascar is thought to be home to as many as
500 different frog species – and two more have just been added to that list.
The frogs, found in a remote forest region, we described by scientists as
“another example of the great diversity of animal in tropical areas.” More from Mongabay.com bit.ly/1nobFZt
Hong Kong Announces End to Ivory Sales
Promising announcement in the world of elephant conservation. Hong Kong announced it’s set to phase out ivory sales in the city. More fromCNN cnn.it/1RocwG6
Indiana Conservationist Protects State's Prairie
Conservation in the heartland. An Indiana conservationist has created an endowment to protect one of the state’s last prairies – home to rare plants and bird species. Read more from The Elkhart Truth » bit.ly/1ZxKXPo
New Refuge Means Bright Future for Endangered Honduran Hummingbirds
Bringing you a story from summer this #tbt → The new 147 acre El Ciruelo Wildlife Refuge promises a bright future for endangered Honduran Emerald hummingbirds and the migratory birds of the Agalta Valley.bit.ly/1n1Mqwd | American Bird Conservancy
How Training Animals Can Save Animals
Training animals to save animals » take a behind the scenes look at what it takes to train anti-poaching canines. From Ranger Diaries bit.ly/1TTfEYo
Joel Berger Offers Insight on International Muskoxen Conservation Effects
2016 Prize nominee Joel Berger of Wildlife Conservation Society connects muskoxen conservation to successful international relations between the US and Russia. bit.ly/1OSoszJ
Record Numbers of Endangered Sea Turtle Nests in Florida
In 2015, record numbers of endangered green sea turtles nested at Florida’s Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, recognized as the most important nesting habitat for the species in North America. Check out more from TakePart.com bit.ly/1mKJBii | Sea Turtle Conservancy
Peru Offers New Protections for Manta Rays
Peru’s new regulations ban manta ray fishing, protecting the world’s largest-known population of the marine species. 2016 Prize nominee Peter Knights, founder of WildAid, said in the article this new level of protection is vital to their survival. More from Mongabay.combit.ly/1mJ1jCY | IndianapolisPrize.org
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: David Western
With more than three decades spent researching wildlife and developing conservation strategies, field biologist David Western is devoted to monitoring ecosystems and habitat in Kenya’s Amboseli region. The 2016 Prize nominee is the founder of the African Conservation Centre and established the Amboseli Ecosystem Trust to protect the incredible species of Africa.
Meet at 28 of the incredible nominees here » bit.ly/1Mulzgt |IndianapolisPrize.org
Traveling to the Moon and Back for Elephant Conservation
Teams for the Great Elephant Census – the largest ever aerial survey of African wildlife – have traveled a combined distance of 285,000 miles. That’s like flying to the moon … and a quarter of the way back to save elephants. Read more from National Geographic bit.ly/22KLtIZ
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Amanda Vincent
Under the sea is where we’ll be to meet our next featured 2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee. Amanda Vincent, director and co-founder ofProject Seahorse, was not only the first person to study seahorses underwater, she helped put their conservation on the map bit.ly/1Mulzgt |Zoological Society of London | Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Check out all of our incredible nominees at IndianapolisPrize.org [close]
Looking Back at 2015's Wildlife Stories
We’re excited for Indianapolis Prize announcements coming in 2016, but first we’re looking back on some of the best wildlife moments this year bit.ly/1QYLJAc
2008 Winner George Schaller still Saving Species at 82
Amazing! So proud to see 2008 Indianapolis Prize winner George Schaller continuing to make conservation impact bit.ly/1P0evtY | Wildlife Conservation Society | Panthera | IndianapolisPrize.org
Decline in Ivory Prices Encouraging News for Elephant Conservation
An insightful look at the future of elephants from the Wildlife Conservation Society as the price of ivory declines. Find out more from the HuffPost Green Blog here huff.to/1NVBG8O | Save the Elephants | 96 Elephants |IndianapolisPrize.org
Mongolian Guard Dogs are Saving Snow Leopards
Man’s best friend is now part of conservation efforts in Mongolia. Livestock-guarding bankhar dogs are being used to protect herds, diminishing conflict between farmers and snow leopards. Find out more from Washington Post wapo.st/1QZbZdm and meet Indianapolis Prize nominees saving snow leopards and many other species here: bit.ly/1Mulzgt | Snow Leopard Trust | Snow Leopard Conservancy
New, Massive Reserve Created in Borneo
A massive rainforest reserve was created in Borneo, creating vital habitat corridors for orangutans, elephants, clouded leopards and many more species. See more about the 68,000 hectare (that’s more than 168,000 acres!) Kuamut Forest Reserve at Mongabay.com bit.ly/1kpR2tS | IndianapolisPrize.org
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Fernando Trujillo
Pretty in pink. 2016 Prize nominee Fernando Trujillo has devoted his work to saving South America’s pink river dolphins and changing unsustainable fishing practices that threaten the Amazon and Orinoco river basins – two of the largest river systems in the world. Check out all of the incredible work our nominees are taking part in worldwide bit.ly/1Mulzgt
Celebrating Animals that weren't Extinct After All
This Christmas Eve, we’re celebrating five species that weren't extinct after all! Check out these incredible, rare animals via Wildlife Conservation Society bit.ly/1YAoAbx | IndianapolisPrize.org
Wild Bees Play Major Role in Agriculture
New study reveals declining populations of wild bees could have a major effect on agricultural ecosystems. Learn more about the importance of pollinators and conservation programs from Guardian Sciencebit.ly/1YB3X9U | IndianapolisPrize.org
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Jigmet Takpa
Showcasing wildlife as assets rather than threats is a big part of 2016 nominee Jigmet Takpa’s projects. Focused on conservation programs in northern India, Takpa has worked toward population recovery for snow leopards, Tibetan argali, Pallas’ cat and black-necked cranes. Find out more about all the heroes nominated for the Prize here:bit.ly/1Mulzgt | IndianapolisPrize.org
Lion Subspecies Receive Protections on Endangered Species List
Two subspecies of lions will receive new protections as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces their addition to the endangered species list. Read more from The Washington Post here → wapo.st/1QBGSF8
2016 Nominee Dee Boersma Celebrates Protected Areas for Argentine Penguins
2016 Prize nominee Dee Boersma and other conservationists are celebrating newly protected areas for Argentine penguins bit.ly/1OdjbSJ |University of Washington | Penguin Sentinels | Photo courtesy of William Conway
South Sudan Camera Traps Uncover Beautiful, Rare Species
South Sudan is teeming with endangered species. See incredible camera trap photos from research in the remote forests » huff.to/1TSc40b |HuffPost Science & Tech
Bees are Helping Farmers Live in Harmony with African Elephants
Incredible, innovative conservation! Beehive fences are helping farmers live in harmony with African elephants. Watch here ► on.fb.me/1m7vL9y |Save the Elephants Disney's Animal Kingdom Disney's Animals, Science and Environment University of Oxford Iain Douglas-Hamilton |IndianapolisPrize.org
Critically Endangered Brazilian Butterfly Rediscovered after 56 Years
The mystery of existence has been solved for one of Brazil’s critically endangered butterfly species. Only seen twice before, the metallic-winged butterfly has now been rediscovered in the grassland habitat of Rio Grande do Sul after 56 years. Check out more from Scientific American magazine bit.ly/1T1xrMw | IndianapolisPrize.org
Conservation for the Mysterious Tapir
Have you heard of a tapir? Get the details on this mysterious mammal of South America, threats the species faces and news about their conservation from wildlife conservationist Patricia Medici via TED bit.ly/1NlLcUS |IndianapolisPrize.org
Indiana Creates New Nature Preserve
We love seeing local conservation plans take shape. Indiana now has its 270th nature preserve – Wayne County’s 114-acre Wapi-nipi state nature preserve – protecting the land around the Whitewater River and the species that live there. pinews.co/1NRZc5V | Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Endangered Species Illuminate the Vatican
Incredible! Stunning photos showcased on St. Peter's Basilica to highlight endangered species. See more via National Geographic bit.ly/1Y39fum |Pope Francis | Photo Ark
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Joel Sartore
Take a look inside 2016 Prize nominee Joel Sartore, Photographer’sPhoto Ark. The National Geographicphotographer is devoted to documenting biodiversity and increasing awareness for the animals in danger of extinction. More than 5,000 species have been photographed to date, with many more to come. See how all of our conservation heroes are changing the future for endangered animals at IndianapolisPrize.org.
Celebrating Prize Heroes on World Wildlife Conservation Day
It’s #WorldWildlifeConservationDay! Meet the incredible Indianapolis Prize heroes working around the globe to protect endangered speciesbit.ly/1wHjsFr
On the Fast Track to Save Species on International Cheetah Day
It’s #InternationalCheetahDay and Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)’sDr. Laurie Marker is on a fast track to saving the species. While the famed speedy felines are vulnerable to extinction, the two-time Prize finalist’s more than 35 years of genetic, biomedical, reproductive and behavioral research has impacted conservation programs to ensure the survival of these incredible cats. Watch her in action: bit.ly/1FT2Vjd
Celebrating Coral Week
VIDEO: It’s #CoralsWeek and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s showing the top 10 things you should know about these incredible marine species. bit.ly/1TnRVPo 2016 Prize nominee John Halas is passionate about the more than 2,500 different kinds of corals throughout our oceans, which led him to create an anchor and mooring system to help protect reefs that is now implemented worldwide. See how conservation heroes are making a difference atIndianapolisPrize.org.
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Carl Safina
An accomplished ocean conservationist and author, 2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee Dr. Carl Safina is a voice for the protection and restoration of marine life. As the founding president of The Safina Center, he blends science, art and literature to inspire people to connect with nature. Meet more conservation heroes at IndianapolisPrize.org.
Racing Extinction Documentary Explores World Wildlife Loss
New Racing Extinction documentary explores global loss of wildlife and hope for the future of endangered species. Check it out 9pm, Dec. 2 onDiscovery » nbcnews.to/1NoDF8V Want more? See the incredible stories of conservation heroes saving species around the world at IndianapolisPrize.org [close]
TOMS and Nat Geo's Big Cat Initiative Team Up
Big impact for big cats. TOMS and National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative team up to support conservation projects in Africa, Asia and North and South America for feline species. bit.ly/1YEei6L
Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program Receives $2.6 Million Grant
Wonderful news for Woodland Park Zoo!
Great to see 2016 Prize nominee Lisa Dabek’s work with the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program able to reach new heights in Papua New Guinea bit.ly/1YuJ0zb
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Alan Rabinowitz
Alan Rabinowitz — 2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee and Panthera's Chief Executive Officer — has been called “The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation” by TIME Magazine. An advocate for wild cats across the world, he has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers and many other species. His work resulted in the world’s first jaguar sanctuary and even led to the World Heritage designation of the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.
Find out more about conservation heroes at IndianapolisPrize.org.
How A Great Wall of America Could Seal Fate of Border's Endangered Species
Indianapolis Prize founder Michael Crowther on the impact a Great Wall of America could have on the border’s biodiversity, including animal species like jaguar, bison, pronghorn antelope, ocelot and black bear. Featured onFoxNews.com fxn.ws/1I6iIPK | Fox News | IndianapolisPrize.org
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Peter Pratje
2016 Nominee: Go inside the world of Frankfurt Zoological Society's Peter Pratje with GoPro. Focused on protecting Sumatran orangutans, Pratje helped build a rehabilitation complex in the Buki Tigapuluh landscape and works to reintroduce orphaned orangutans to life in the wild.bit.ly/1MsiaT2
Learn about all 28 conservation heroes nominated for the 2016 Prize here: bit.ly/1NWLnal | IndianapolisPrize.org
A Potential Cure for Chytrid Fungus Affecting World's Amphibians
There’s a breakthrough discovery in the world of amphibians. Newly published research shows first successful elimination of the infectious chytrid fungus that has been affecting populations of amphibians locally and globally » bit.ly/1X1hbRH | Amphibian Survival Alliance | IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
2010 Prize Winner Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton On Elephants, Poaching
2010 Indianapolis Prize winner Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton – founder ofSave the Elephants – and his team talked about elephant conservation successes, the poaching crisis and community collaborations during the annual Wildlife Conservation Network Expo. Check out the video here:bit.ly/1Nc6Ldn
National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore Preserving Species in Photo Ark
Getting eye to eye with some of the world’s most endangered species. For the past decade, that’s exactly what National Geographic PhotographerJoel Sartore, Photographer has done to preserve species through hisPhoto Ark. Check out more from CBS News and take a look at the more than 5,000 photos already in the collection cbsn.ws/1Odu3ws.
Sartore is one of 28 nominees for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize. To learn more about these conservation heroes head to IndianapolisPrize.org
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Russ Mittermeier
Deemed a “Hero for the Planet” by TIME Magazine, Dr. Russ Mittermeier is a leader of one of the world’s most recognized conservation organizations: Conservation International. A biologist turned conservationist, Mittermeier has discovered 12 new species and is committed to conserving the Earth’s most critically threatened habitats, largely focusing on biodiversity hotspots.
Find out more about this 2016 Prize nominee and more bit.ly/1NWLnal |IndianapolisPrize.org
Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Forces with 96 Elephants
Arnold Schwarzenegger joins forces with 96 Elephants to help “terminate” the demand for ivory. See more from National Geographic and Wildlife Conservation Society here → bit.ly/1N2aryi
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Charudutt Mishra
2016 Nominee: Charudutt Mishra’s passion for wildlife started early with summers spent trekking the Himalayas.
Now the Director of Science and Conservation for the Snow Leopard Trust, Mishra works to protect threatened species throughout Central Asia, with a focus on the endangered snow leopard.
Meet all the Indianapolis Prize nominees: bit.ly/1NWLnal |IndianapolisPrize.org | Nature Conservation Foundation
Peru Creates "Yellowstone of the Amazon"
Incredible! Peru’s new 3.3 million acre reserve – Sierra de Divisor – is being deemed the “Yellowstone of the Amazon”. This habitat is home to nearly 40 large and medium mammal species including sloths and jaguars, plus countless species of birds and amphibians that are now protected in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Check out more fromMongabay.com bit.ly/1SE73IO.
Nominees for the 2016 Prize, like Conservation International's Russ Mittermeier, are committed to conserving these critical areas of biological diversity and endemic species. Find out more at IndianapolisPrize.org.
High Stakes for Snow Leopards
It’s high stakes for the symbol of Central Asia’s high mountains. With as few as 4,000 left in the wild, snow leopards may face an uncertain future without continued conservation efforts. See new research from WWF andHuffPost Science & Tech huff.to/1Hts6Hu.
The heroic efforts of men and women like 2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee (and founder of the Snow Leopard Conservancy) Rodney Jackson are truly saving species. Find out how his work is positively affecting these “Ghosts of the Mountains” at IndianapolisPrize.org. | Photo courtesy of: Steve Winter/National Geographic
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Laurie Marker
Conservation is on the fast track for 2016 Prize nominee Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Working with Africa’s famous speedy species since 1974, she has helped create an unparalleled model for predator conservation. With more than three decades dedicated to genetic, biomedical, reproductive and behavioral research, Marker continues to implement programs to ensure the survival of these incredible cats.
See all 28 inspiring conservationists vying for the Prize herebit.ly/1NWLnal | IndianapolisPrize.org | Photo courtesy of CCF
Conservation, Congress and Progress
On Monday night, the House of Representatives passed the Global Anti-Poaching Act, which would increase poaching penalties, putting wildlife trafficking on the same scale as weapons and drug smuggling. Details from TakePart.com bit.ly/1QcnzQO
Celebrating #PolarBearWeek and 2012 Prize Winner Steven Amstrup
It’s the start of November, which means it’s #PolarBearWeek! Celebrate this incredible species and see how you can take action to help save polar bears and the sea ice they rely on » bit.ly/1MtbZe7
2012 Indianapolis Prize winner Dr. Steven Amstrup, chief scientist forPolar Bears International, has made amazing strides to conserve the world’s polar bears. His scientific discoveries even led to the basis for listing polar bears as a threatened species. You can learn more about his influential work at IndianapolisPrize.org under the Conservation Heroes tab. [close]
To celebrate #WorldLemurDay, take a look at the incredible conservation victories 2014 Prize winner Patricia Wright has accomplished for lemurs in Madagascar! bit.ly/1CnbxvW | Centre ValBio | Stony Brook University |IndianapolisPrize.org
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Peter Knights
Knights were known for serving, guarding and protecting with a valiant spirit. And 2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee Peter Knights is no different. The founder and executive director of WildAid, his organization is working to reduce consumer demand for wildlife products including elephant ivory, rhino horn and shark fin.
Follow the work of all 28 nominees here bit.ly/1NWLnal and conservation standouts over the years at IndianapolisPrize.org. Photo by: Stephen Loewinsohn Photography
Forest Fires Continue to Threaten Indonesia's Orangutans
Forest fires continue to rage in Indonesia, threatening a third of the world’s orangutans. With the fires spreading beyond agricultural plantations into the forests these endangered apes rely on, conservationists are concerned about lasting effects. From The Guardianbit.ly/1k9VOvB.
Orangutan conservation is a focus for several 2016 Indianapolis Prize nominees, including Biruté Galdikas and Peter Pratje. See the incredible work all the nominees are doing to save species here: bit.ly/1NWLnal |IndianapolisPrize.org
How Can the Endangered Species Act Protect Animals Outside the US?
How can the Endangered Species Act protect species that live outside the US? The National Audubon Society takes you inside the story as two macaw species gain this distinction, even though they hail from parts of Mexico and South America. bit.ly/1M0Hr7R
Conservation heroes are working across countries to protect the planet’s amazing biodiversity. Learn more about men and women devoted to saving species at IndianapolisPrize.org.
Rare Whale Species Recorded on Film for the First Time
First-ever field observations of rare Omura’s whale species were recently recorded by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) off the coast of Madagascar. Check out footage from the field via Nature World Newshere: bit.ly/1S6G8F2
2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee Carl Safina has worked for years to protect the incredible animals across our oceans. You can learn more about his work and meet many other conservation heroes atIndianapolisPrize.org.
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Carl Jones
If there’s a track record for directly saving species from extinction, 2016 nominee Carl Jones is among the top of the list. As Chief Scientist at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Scientific Director of the The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, he has devoted his life to nature conservation in the Mascarene Archipelago for nearly 40 years, bringing species like the pink pigeon and Mauritius kestrel back from the brink. A true champion for conservation science with an impact, Jones’ work achieves species conservation while recognizing the need to restore whole ecosystems.
Get to know all 28 nominees here: bit.ly/1NWLnal | IndianapolisPrize.org | Photo courtesy of 3C International
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Chris Jenkins
The famous quote from Indiana Jones may be, “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” but for 2016 nominee Chris Jenkins snakes are what he’s all about.
His efforts have raised global awareness for the value of snakes, made measurable achievements for species conservation and resulted in the creation of one of the only snake focused conservation organizations – the Orianne Society. Jenkins also chairs the IUCN Viper Specialist Group and uses his passion to express the importance of snakes, dispel myths and change the way the public thinks about conserving snakes worldwide.
For more on all 28 of the incredible Prize nominees check this outbit.ly/1NWLnal | IndianapolisPrize.org
Endangered Crane Action Plan Finalized
Action Plan finalized to protect endangered grey crowned crane in Uganda. This shows how a government and conservationists can work together to save species. http://bit.ly/1jxj2MC. Support and funding for this project came from the International Crane Foundation which was founded by 2006 Indianapolis Prize winner George Archibald.
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: John Halas
John Halas’s life work has protected some of the smallest animals that have a global impact – reef coral. As Director of Field Operations for Environmental Moorings International, Inc. he helped create an anchor and mooring system to prevent damage to coral reefs and the sea floor, which is now implemented worldwide.
John believes people can take a life lesson from coral. These small animals work in tandem, in a cooperative effort, to create a major outcome. Learn more about species being saved by all of our 2016 Prize nominees bit.ly/1NWLnal | IndianapolisPrize.org
Scientists Thrilled to Spot Endangered Vaquitas
Scientists thrilled to spot some of the world’s most endangered marine mammals – the vaquita – while searching Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Fewer than 100 of these tiny porpoises are left of Earth. See what struggles the species faces and what gives conservationists hope bit.ly/1L7uTtCNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Geographic
You can learn more about conservation heroes working to save ocean animals at IndianapolisPrize.org.
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Rodney Jackson
The mysterious, the elusive, the endangered snow leopard.
2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee Rodney Jackson is the director and founder of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, and a steward for the species. Working tirelessly to save these big cats from the threat of poachers and shrinking habitats, he is known for groundbreaking radio-tracking studies and believes involving local communities offers the best chance for survival and long-term sustainability.
Learn more about all 28 nominees here bit.ly/1NWLnal |IndianapolisPrize.org | Snow Leopard photo by Steve Winter/National Geographic | Rodney Jackson photo by Karen Czekalski
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Glenn Gauvry
2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee Glenn Gauvry wants to save an animal that dates back nearly 450 million years! He’s dedicated his efforts to saving horseshoe crabs, often called “living fossils” as the president of theEcological Research & Development Group Inc. (ERDG), including designating beaches as species sanctuaries and implementing community programs.
Meet all 28 Prize nominees here: bit.ly/1NWLnal | IndianapolisPrize.org | Photo by: Michel Leroy
Gorilla Census in Virunga Critical
A new census for gorillas in Virunga will help gauge conservation impact and offer a vital guide for future efforts to protect these apes and their habitat. Learn more via World Wildlife Fund
California's Recent Ivory Bans Positive News for Elephants
Heartening to see progress being made against poaching. Learn more about how California’s new ivory ban will help secure a bright future for elephants » bit.ly/1jbMdVr
Love elephants? So does 2010 Indianapolis Prize winner Iain Douglas-Hamilton. See the impact of his endeavors with Save the Elephants atIndianapolisPrize.org.
Introducing the 2016 Nominees: Biruté Galdikas
For more than four decades, Biruté Galdikas, president of Orangutan Foundation International, has studied and protected Borneo’s orangutans. A conservationist, scientist and educator, this 2016 Indianapolis Prize nominee has worked ceaselessly to save orangutans and their forests, while bringing awareness to their plight.
Learn more about endangered species like orangutans and the 28 nominees working across the globe to save species here bit.ly/1NWLnal |IndianapolisPrize.org
What's Next for the Grizzlies of Yellowstone?
Grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone region have become one of the most momentous wildlife conservation successes, but experts still wonder if populations will be able to continue thriving if taken off the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act. Learn more via National Geographic bit.ly/1PQt6KG | IndianapolisPrize.org [close]