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David Attenborough Honored by Audubon Society


Legendary naturalist, author and voice of nature documentaries, Sir David Attenborough was recently honored with the coveted Audubon Medal for his outstanding achievements to protect our environment. | National Audubon Society

We’re so thankful for his involvement in 2016’s Prize Gala. Sending our biggest congratulations!

Celebrating Female Conservationists on International Women's Day


While International Women’s Day was yesterday, we’re inspired by the incredible achievements of female conservationists who are saving species each and every day! We love this insider story on 2018 Finalist Dr. P. Dee Boersma’s passion for penguins!

Samoa Creates Shark Sanctuary


This month, Samoa historically designated its national waters as a shark sanctuary! Read more here:​​

Last Northern White Rhino Health in Decline


Sad news from Ol Pejeta Conservancy: the health of 45-year-old Northern white rhino Sudan, the last male of the entire species, is declining.

Find out more details and how conservationists hope to save the species from extinction here: Washington Post

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February 2018

Bringing Back Iconic Eagles


Bringing back iconic white-tailed eagles — see what conservationists are doing for the species in Scotland. From BBC Earth

Hope for Threatened Tiger Cat of the Americas


Study sees hopeful future for guiña, also known as little tiger cats, one of the most threatened feline species in South America. Read more from BBC News and see how research provides an approach that can be used with conservation efforts for small carnivores around the world. | BBC Earth

Thriving Reefs in the Galapagos


There’s good news for one of the most remote islands in the Galapagos — coral reef ecosystems are not only resilient, but thriving! Learn more in's new series » [close]

January 2018

Historic Conservation Creation for Chile


Historic conservation action! Five national parks, spanning 10.3 million acres, created in Chile! From The Guardian »

2018 Designated Year of the Reef


For the third time, the United Nations has designated 2018 “International Year of the Reef” to bring awareness to the global loss of coral due to bleaching and environmental changes. Read more from TravelPulse | Conservation International​.

Drones, Data and Dolphins of the Amazon


Taking to the skies! Drones are now providing data crucial for protecting the long term survival of Amazon river dolphins, including the pink and bulbous boto and tucuxi. More from The

Federal Officals Declare Eastern Puma Extinct


Discussions to move wildcats from the west to rebuild populations in Eastern and Midwestern states may be on the horizon as federal officials declare the Eastern puma extinct, 80 years after the last sighting. From

UV Light Becomes Creative Conservation Option for Bats


Could UV light be key for treating white-nose syndrome in bats? Researchers are now considering it as a tool to fight the fungus that has caused significant damage to populations across North America. Find out more about the creative treatment from The Wildlife Society:​ [close]

November 2017

Sandhill Cranes on the Rebound


Sandhill cranes have made an exceptional recovery, with populations spotted more frequently in northern Illinois. Find out more on The Rock River Times and hear from International Crane Foundation, 2006 Indianapolis Prize Winner George Archibald’s organization.​​ [close]

October 2017

Meet the 2018 Nominees: Gerardo Ceballos


Mexico is home to just one percent of all land mass, yet it has more than 12 percent of all plant and animal species on Earth. Meet Gerardo Ceballos, our next featured 2018 Indianapolis Prize Nominee, who has pioneered efforts to protect species throughout the country, including jaguars and black-footed ferrets. Ceballos has also been leading studies on the planet’s sixth mass extinction. Learn more ​▶ and see the stories of all our Nominees at Instituto de Ecología, UNAM.

Baby Rhino Brings Hope in India


Something small brings big hope to conservationists in India. A baby rhino was spotted in Manas National Park, a sign that populations in the protected area are on the rise. More from WWF »

Indianapolis Prize Featured in John Green's Newest Book


Hey John Green, we are super excited about your new book 'Turtles All the Way Down' and the mention of the Indianapolis Prize. Can't wait to dig into the text. IndyStar​​

Meet the 2018 Nominees: Sheila Bolin


Sheila Bolin is next in our lineup of 2018 Indianapolis Prize Nominees! As The Regal Swan Foundation, Inc.'s CEO, she is working to set new standards for swan conservation. An advocate for swans worldwide through conservation, research, veterinary medicine and education, her work focuses on saving multiple species and the wetland habitats critical to their survival.

Get to know all of the Nominees vying for next year’s award here »

Meet the 2018 Nominees: Christophe Boesch


We’re so pleased to introduce our next Nominee for the 2018 Indianapolis Prize — Christophe Alain Boesch. This inspiring primatologist is dedicated to providing alternatives to bush meat and applying new technologies to great ape conservation. Christophe’s work helps to decrease strain on wild chimpanzee populations. Wild Chimpanzee Foundation | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

You can find stories about all 32 Nominees here »

Meet the 2018 Nominees: Dee Boersma


Time to feature another 2018 Indianapolis Prize Nominee and this one has a passion for penguins! Meet P. Dee Boersma, the director of Penguin Sentinels. For more than four decades, Dee has studied Galapagos and Magellanic penguins, most famously a colony at Punta Tombo, Argentina, showcasing how these seabirds are indicators of environmental change. Her scientific studies and relentless spirit have strengthened protections for the coast the colony relies on, including a new marine protected area.

Find out more about all 32 2018 Prize Nominees →

Rescuing Rhinos


Wildlife heroes are rescuing rhinos left for dead by poachers. Learn how these innovative and brave veterinarians are helping to save this species. The Guardian​​

Meet the 2018 Nominees: Joel Berger


Joel Berger, our next 2018 Indianapolis Prize Nominee, has gone to extraordinary lengths to achieve his myriad of conservation accomplishments! Whether he’s camping in -24°F temperatures to study species in Tibet; creating wildlife migration corridors like the Path of the Pronghorn; or most recently, donning a polar bear costume while observing muskoxen in the Arctic, Joel is igniting new excitement in conservation and migration ecology.

Learn more about his work to protect flagship species and the rest of our new Nominees here » | tag Wildlife Conservation Society |Warner College of Natural Resources​​ [close]

September 2017

New Rat Species Found


Giant, tree-dwelling rats were discovered on the South Pacific’s Solomon Islands. This coconut-eating species may already be on the verge of extinction. Learn more from BBC News​​

Meet the 2018 Nominees: Purnima Devi Barman


It’s all about saving storks for our next featured 2018 Indianapolis Prize Nominee! Meet Purnima Devi Barman of India. This passionate environmentalist has focused efforts to conserve greater adjutant storks in India and is credited with creating a campaign to ensure their survival and bring pride to villages that are home to these unique birds! Aaranyak, a society for biodiversity conservation in northeast India

Find out more about all 32 Nominees here:

Meet the 2018 Nominees: Sri Suci Utami Atmoko


For our first 2018 Indianapolis Prize Nominee feature we’re taking you to Indonesia! For nearly 30 years, Dr. Sri Suci Utami Atmoko has worked with orangutans, focusing many of her studies on reproduction and populations — vital research for these critically endangered great apes. With field work, film advising and ecological monitoring expertise, she is recognized as a major influencer for orangutan and forest conservation policy changes.

Congratulations to this hero and all of our Nominees! Learn more about 2018’s conservationists here »

It's World Rhino Day!


Rhino horn is made up of keratin, the same material as your fingernails, yet is valued more highly than gold in East Asia, where it is used in traditional medicines. On World Rhino Day, we celebrate heroes like 2018 Prize Nominee Joel Berger whose research in the 90s led African nations to reevaluate conservation practices for black rhinos. #SavingSpecies | Wildlife Conservation Society | Warner College of Natural Resources

21st Century Zoos Lead Fight for Survival


ICYMI: Mike Crowther, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo, and Dan A​she, president and CEO of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, highlight 21st century zoo’s leading role in saving endangered species. Read more from IndyStar here »

Snow Leopards' Conservation Status Changes to Vulnerable


Snow leopards move from endangered to vulnerable status, thanks to the work of conservation heroes like 2018 Prize Nominees Rodney Jackson (of Snow Leopard Conservancy) and Chardutt Mishra (of Snow Leopard Trust). More from Wildlife Conservation Society here​. ​

Indianapolis Prize Nominees Announced for 2018 Award


32 Nominees for the world's leading award for animal conservation were announced Tuesday. More here​.​

Nearly 400 Species Discovered in the Amazon


Birds, a monkey and dolphins are all among the nearly 400 new species discovered in the Amazon. See the photos from the WWF Network’s Living Amazon Initiative » | The Guardian​​​ [close]

August 2017​

Whale Shark Research Helps Beyond a Single Species


Gathering research data on whale sharks has an effect far beyond one single species. Learn what it takes to uncover the mysteries of these massive, elusive and endangered animals. From Scientific American » | Conservation International | Georgia Aquarium

12,000 Coral Milestone Reached for Restoration Project


A superior example of how scientists and citizens can come together to save wild things and wild places! 12,000 coral milestone reached for Key West Reef Restoration Project | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Anti-Poaching and Monitoring Make Tiger Reserve a Success


The growth of tiger populations in Ranthambore can be attributed to good monitoring and anti-poaching work. Find out more on

Alan Root, Renowned Wildlife Filmmaker, Leaves Legacy


Alan Root, legendary wildlife filmmaker and longtime friend of the Indianapolis Prize, will be dearly missed.

We’re so thankful for the decades he devoted to environmental movie magic, his dedication to conservation and the innovative, captivating storytelling that powerfully inspired audiences to care for wild things and wild places across our planet.

​Read more about his life and work here​.

New Infant a Success Story for Gorillas


Splendid news for Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International! We’re SO thrilled to see success stories happening with the gorillas our Global Wildlife Ambassador Sigourney Weaver is devoted to!

Take in the cute, then hear how Weaver’s role in Gorillas in the Mist shaped her dedication to conservation efforts » |

Rare Tiger Caught on Camera


Picture perfect! Don’t miss the first high-res camera trap photo of a wild tiger in Bhutan » Wildlife FundMother Nature Network

A Hopeful, Bright Future for Clouded Leopards


A recent workshop in Sabah, Malaysia brought about a 10-year plan to help protect clouded leopards in the state, where 700 remain in the wild. Conservationists are hopeful that time remains to save the species long-term. More in

Training Africa's Next Generation of Primate Conservationists 


Get to know the scientific network focused on training Africa’s next generation of primate conservationists »

Nepal's Tiger Protector


For your Friday » Panna Ram is one inspiring citizen scientist! Find out more about Nepal’s tiger protector and his role in monitoring the species. Watch here: DiCaprio FoundationWWF Nepal

New York Ivory Crush to Destroy Two Tons of Ivory


Today nearly two tons of ivory will be destroyed in the name of species conservation. Find out all the details about the crush in New York City’s Central Park via New York Daily

Wildlife Conservation Society | NYS Department of Environmental Conservation | 96 Elephants | International Elephant Foundation | Save the Elephants

Sri Lanka's Mangrove Forests to Receive Protections


Sri Lanka is the world’s first nation to protect all of its mangrove forests. Mangroves provide protection for coastal communities and act as a nursery for the healthy fish populations that provide livelihood for fishermen and sustain coral reefs. More from BBC Science

Rock Climbing and Conservation


Creative conservation! Rock climbers in Colorado help monitor bats and white-nose syndrome. Find out more from The Wildlife​ [close]

July 2017​

Global Tiger Day Brings Good News


Did you miss Saturday’s Global Tiger Day? Well don’t miss out on these promising stories for the species’ conservation!

It's World Nature Conservation Day


It’s World Nature Conservation Day! And it’s a great reminder of what the Indianapolis Prize is all about — hope and recognizing the heroes saving wild things and wild places across our incredible planet!​ ​

Shark Week Brings Attention to Conservation Need


Another year, another Shark Week! See how sharks play an essential role in ocean ecosystems and tools needed for their conservation » | Wildlife Conservation Society Discovery

Rhino Poaching Down from Record High in South Africa


South Africa’s decrease in rhino poaching from record high brings cautious optimism by government. Find out more » Insider Reuters

A Day in the Life of Africa's Anti-Poaching Rangers


The Guardian takes readers on a journey through the daily tasks, trials and triumphs of anti-poaching rangers of Big Life Foundation in east Africa.

Universities Team Up for Tiger Conservation


For your Friday: Four universities team up to save the species serving as their mascot — tigers! The newly formed US Tiger University Consortium will focus on research and awareness, with scholarships to help train the next generation of conservation leaders. From ESPN

Auburn University at Montgomery | Clemson University | LSU | Mizzou

Rhinos on the Rebound in Nepal


In Nepal, community-based conservation models and poaching are both realities rhinos face. Today, the population of greater one-horned rhinos is rebounding as local groups place further priorities on their protection. Read more on Mongabay »

Wildlife Photographer Raises Awareness for Endangered Species


The man behind the Photo Ark — Joel Sartore, Photographer — sat down with Gio Benitez to talk endangered species and PBS’ RARE. More in this great piece from Nightline »

Successes for Otters on the Brink


Two very different approaches have brought conservation success stories for otter populations. Find out more from BBC Earth here:

Ivory Crush to Take Place in Central Park


In a message against wildlife crime, New York's Department of Wildlife plans to crush more than a ton of ivory Wildlife Conservation Society | Tiffany & Co. | CITESIt's Shark Awareness Day!


Celebrating #SharkAwarenessDay and conservation heroes — like three-time Prize Finalist Carl Safina — who are devoted to sustaining species of the sea! | The Safina Center

Japanese Retailer Bans Ivory 


Good news! Japanese retailer Rakuten announced a ban on ivory sales! All of its online trading will be phased out over the next month. Find out more from the African Wildlife Finalist Provides Insight on "Mass Extinction"


New research uncovers insight into the declining trends of more than 27,600 vertebrates worldwide. Hear from lead author and two-time Prize Finalist Gerardo Ceballos on the findings

Roadways Providing New Outlook on Species


Roadways can actually benefit wild species including grizzlies and pollinators like monarch butterflies. Want to see how? from Ensia

Artificial Nests Protect Future of Seabirds


Optimistic outlook: Artificial nests could be key in the conservation comeback of shy albatrosses in Tasmania. Read all about the seabirds in The Guardian »

International Vaquita Day


Happy International Vaquita Day! Though these critically endangered porpoises face extinction and many challenges, conservationists around the world have come together to help protect the “pandas of the sea.”

See how you can get involved at | Photo: Paula Olson​

Dolphins Helping Herd Critically Endangered Vaquitas to Safety


Tomorrow is International Vaquita Day! See how other marine mammals are part of the conservation efforts to save these critically endangered porpoises. From Smithsonian Magazine for your Friday afternoon:

Worldwide Citizen Science Program Helping Giraffes and Wildlife in Kenya


A great new citizen science project — Wildwatch Kenya — has you counting, identifying and tracking giraffes and other incredible species living in conservation sites throughout northern Kenya. Find out how you can get involved: | ZooniverseSan Diego Zoo Global

Holding onto Hope for Critically Endangered Softshell Turtles


With only three left, conservationists are still holding onto hope for Yangtze giant softshell turtles and the species’ future. Read more from National Geographic about the initiatives with Wildlife Conservation

Healthcare Becomes a Win-Win for Communities and Orangutans


When two NGOs opened an affordable health clinic with discounts for communities that stopped logging great things happened for not only local people, but wildlife including orangutans too! Read more today on » [close]

June 2017

New Parrot Species Discovered in Yucatan Peninsula​


A new species of parrot discovered in Mexico! Learn more about the blue-winged Amazon from Newsweek »

Sir David Attenborough on the Healthy of World's Oceans


"We all need a healthy ocean."

In case you missed this stunning video, Sir David Attenborough, one of the most recognizable voices in conservation, brings powerful words to you about the world's oceans, marine species and what we can do to protect them for years to come. Press play below! BBC Earth

Proposal for Rare Dolphins to Receive Endangered Listing


Rare Taiwanese humpback dolphins could soon be listed as endangered. A proposed ruling would help protect the extinction of their populations, which could number as few as 75. Find out more from Center for Biological Diversity

Empowered Women Saving Snow Leopards


A new story about saving snow leopards combines business development, empowered women and greater conservation focus. See the good coming from the project » Leopard Trust

Indianapolis Prize Team Honored with Emmy Award


We’re so thankful to have the opportunity to bring you stories of incredible conservation heroes saving wild things and wild places! And we’re very excited to share that those stories earned the Prize team along with our friends at WTHR-TV an Emmy Award!

Want to see the winning feature? Watch Indianapolis Prize: Saving Species here: | IndianapolisPrize.orgYellowstone Grizzlies Removed from Endangered Species List


Although garnering mixed responses, many conservationists see the delisting of Yellowstone grizzlies as part of a success story. Read more from The New York Times

World Giraffe Day Brings Focus to Iconic, Vulnerable Species


It’s World Giraffe Day! While conservation may be a tall order for the vulnerable species, whose numbers have declined approximately 40 percent since 1985, the iconic African animals have been a popular topic in the news this year! See more, from conservation to cute calves:

Global Conservation Conversations Continue Despite New Challenges


How are global challenges renewing focus on conservation? Read about it in our latest edition of the Indianapolis Prize EDGE newsletter featuring three-time Finalist Dr. Carl Safina »

Airline Announces Steps Taken to Stop Wildlife Trafficking


Good news » Singapore Airlines signs a declaration to stop wildlife trafficking routes, now among a group of 38 carriers. | CITES

​2010 Prize Winner Iain Douglas-Hamilton Celebrated in London


Congratulations to our 2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton! As the founder of Save the Elephants, his work to protect one of Africa’s most iconic species is not only phenomenal in our eyes, but was recently honored at a very special event in London, complete with a few people you may recognize. What a wonderful way to showcase accomplishments and celebrate conservation achievements and hope for the future!​

Learn About Conservation from Legend Jane Goodall


MasterClass on conservation from the legendary Dr. Jane Goodall, who was a Nominee for the 2014 Prize, is coming this fall. Find out more » | the Jane Goodall Institute

Sustainable Living Saves Species


From traveling to grocery shopping, some great reminders from Conservation International for easy ways to make your lifestyle more sustainable, and in turn help species across the world.

New Progress for Endangered Porpoises


For your Friday: New progress for critically endangered vaquita porpoises thanks to collaborations between actor and conservation advocate Leonardo DiCaprio and Mexico's leadership.

MPAs Provide Hope for Ocean Animals


Marine protected area in the Patagonian Sea vital to whales, seals, penguins, seabirds and many more species. This safeguarding of ocean protects not only the area’s biodiversity, but also maintains critical ecological functions. | Wildlife Conservation Society

Reinvigorating Populations of Critically Endangered Macaws in Bolivia


Bolivia is home to 12 species of macaws, including the critically endangered blue-throated macaw. Conservation science plans for the birds now include an optimistic outlook on preparing and releasing captive-bred birds into the wild to help boost population numbers, now at less than 15 breeding pairs. Learn more Parrot Trust [close]

May 2017

Fiji's Vatuvara Island a Haven for Threatened Species


A critical area for many threatened species, Fiji’s Vatuvara Island is a conservation haven for unique animals like endangered Maori wrasse, coconut crabs and giant clams. Find out more from Wildlife Conservation Society on National Geographic »

Orangutan Friendly Ice Creams, Just in Time for Summer


Cool treats are a summer staple. Make sure your ice cream is orangutan friendly with this helpful guide from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo »

Critically endangered, orangutans face a conservation crisis, losing much of their habitat to agricultural development for palm oil plantations. One of the most conscientious choices individuals can make is to support the production of certified sustainable palm oil. Find out more from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil - RSPO.​​

Conservation Champion Brings Bears to Muskox Conservation


For your Friday » Watch to find out the “bear” necessities of muskoxen conservation in the Arctic with two-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Joel Berger. From Science Friday

Wildlife Conservation Society | Warner College of Natural Resources |

Microsoft Leader on Quest to Protect Africa's Species


Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen is on a high-tech quest to protect species across Africa. Learn more about the Domain Awareness System and how studying endangered animals’ movements will help stay ahead of poachers and predict threats across regions. On

Three Subspecies of Snow Leopards Discovered


What a discovery! Scientists have found three new subspecies of one of the most endangered and elusive cats — the snow leopard. Find out more from

Conservationists, like four-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Rodney Jackson, have devoted their careers to preserving this animal for generations to come. Snow Leopard Conservancy |

Hope Brings Success Stories for Species


Dedication and hope, the perfect combination for conservation accomplishments! See four great species success stories from Conservation International

New Citizen Science Project Launches on International Day for Biological Diversity 


Celebrating the beautiful, wondrous variety of life on International Day for Biological Diversity! And you can get involved in protecting it! It’s all about identifying footprints for a new citizen science program launched today. Find out more about Conservation FIT on National Geographic »

Prize Heroes Illustrate Hope on Endangered Species Day


For the Winners and Finalists of the Indianapolis Prize, conservation means possibility and opportunity. Today, on Endangered Species Day, we celebrate their courage, passion and inspiring messages of hope!​​

Could Extinction Risk be Underestimated?


As species across our planet face increasing challenges to their future, the remarkable work of animal conservationists, like the heroes of the Indianapolis Prize, is becoming more important than ever.​​​

Howler Monkeys Rebound in Belize


This could be the most successful primate translocation to date » spring surveys in a Belize wildlife sanctuary revealed a booming population of Howler monkeys, relocated 25 years ago. Find out more from the Wildlife Conservation Society scientists |

Could Poor Nations Be More Committed to Wildlife Conservation Than Rich Ones?


Are poorer nations more committed to their wildlife? The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at University of Oxford and Panthera joined forces to create a Megafauna Conservation Index, aiming to assess how well countries are preserving species. See the top ranking locations and ways to boost protections | |

Endangered Lynx Thriving in Canada


An upswing in numbers of endangered Canada lynx shows thriving populations in New Brunswick. From CBC News

Shark Populations Recovering in Cabo Pulmo


“We have to get people to understand that they are in some sense connected to the ocean no matter where they are.”

Inspiring look into the work of conservationists in Cabo Pulmo where populations of sharks are recovering. Press play to see how these marine biologists are using tags to discover more about these remarkable animals and their ocean home. | BBC Earth

Morocco Working to Protect Iconic Macaque Monkey


Plans are in motion to protect the famous Barbary macaques, monkeys found in the mountainous regions of Morocco and Algeria. Read on:

Orangutan Culture a Factor in Conservation


Interesting look at variations in species' culture and how those differences affect conservation efforts across their range. Click more from​​ 

Five Island Conservation Success Stories


Conservation success stories are reason to celebrate. We’re revisiting five accomplishments with Island Conservation today »

Black Rhinos Moved to Rwanda's National Park


In a historic move, 10 eastern black rhinos have been relocated to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park from South Africa. The last sighting for the species in the park was in 2007. Read more from Washington Post »​​ [close]

April 2017

#LoveTheLeuser Spreads News of Biodiversity Hotspot's Importance


A biodiversity hotspot, the Leuser ecosystem is home to many critically endangered species, including orangutans, elephants and rhinos. Find out more about conservation efforts in the area »

Two-Time Prize Finalist and Seahorse Champion Named to IUCN Steering Committee


Congrats to two-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Amanda Vincent. She has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC). She will serve as the Committee’s global marine expert, and will also chair its Marine Conservation Subcommittee. More from Project Seahorse » ​

Securing Our Oceans


Conservation and technology come together to combat illegal fishing in the Galapagos. See how Secure Our Oceans, WildAid and Conservation International are protecting the natural reserve’s wildlife.

An Insider 360 Degree Look at the World's Last Three Northern White Rhinos


Want an inside look at what it takes to care for the world’s last three Northern white rhinos? Get up close with this cool 360 video from United for Wildlife while learning about conservation efforts for the species »

Three Scientists Protecting Endangered Animals of Puerto Rico


A Friday feature for scientists saving endangered species like parrots and sea turtles in Puerto Rico. Great story from NBC News as we head into the weekend:

Want more like this? Check out more conservation heroes

A Quarter of Britain's Birds are on the Brink


A new study finds more than a quarter of Britain’s bird populations are at risk of extinction. The story from Guardian Environment →

The dedication of conservationists like 2016 Prize Winner Dr. Carl Jones — known for bringing birds like the Mauritius kestrel back from the brink — can be the pivotal factor in securing a future for species. See how heroes across the globe are making strides at

Amid Reports of Coral Bleaching, This Reef Thriving


Though news of coral bleaching continues to spread, there’s hope in stories like this one — a coral reef along Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago is thriving. What’s the key for this global epicenter of marine biodiversity? More from Conservation International »

Conservation Optimism Brings Success


Conservation takes optimism! Dedicated men and women — including those we’ve honored through the Indianapolis Prize — across the globe have brought species back from the very brink of extinction. Great article from The Guardian highlighting successful work |

2014 Prize Winner Inspires Conservation Action of Young Women 


2014 Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. Patricia Wright continues to inspire while sharing her passion for lemur conservation. A recent visit to Iowa’s Luther College provided the perfect opportunity to speak with young women about her work and the combination of science and community it takes to save species. | Stony Brook University | IndianapolisPrize.orgNew Protections for Devil Rays


After a majority vote at the CITES meeting last fall, worldwide protection and trade regulation for devil rays begins this month. All the details from The Conversation

Devil rays are close cousins to manta rays and well known for their ability to leap out of the water. Unfortunately, the rays face threats all over the world, hunted for their gill plates — the feathery organs that help filter prey like plankton —and are often bycatch. See how the protections will help secure a future for the species.​

Zoos and Aquariums Join Forces to Give $1 Million to Protecting Vaquitas


Encouraging to see so many organizations come together, bringing hope to efforts for vaquitas. More:

Mountain Dog Rediscovered After Nearly 50 Years


Thought to be extinct, highland wild dogs of New Guinea have been rediscovered! Among the rarest species of canine, at least 15 were captured on camera roaming the South Pacific island. More from National Geographic »

China Creating Massive National Park for Giant Pandas


Giant news for giant pandas! China is creating a national park three times the size of Yellowstone to help boost populations. In addition to the pandas, the national park will help protect 8,000 endangered plant and animal species. All the details from Guardian​​[close]

March 2017

Children's Book Features Cheetahs and Conservation


Two-time Prize Finalist and Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) founder Dr. Laurie Marker’s new children’s book tells the life story of Chewbaaka, a longtime ambassador of the species. Read a sample »

Demand for Ivory Decreasing, Hope for African Elephants on the Rise


There is now greater hope for the species, says Iain Douglas-Hamilton of African elephants. A new report from the 2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner’s organization — Save the Elephants — found the price of ivory is less than half of what it was three years ago, showing a decrease in demand. More from The New York Times »

New Blue-Throated Macaw Breeding Site Discovered


A newly discovered breeding area for critically endangered blue-throated macaws is a major step toward ensuring protection for the species. Read more on BirdLife International

Cubs Bring Hope for Thailand's Tigers


Breaking news + conservation hope! Tiger cubs discovered in eastern Thailand confirm world’s second breeding population of the Indochinese subspecies! Read more on the first survey in the area from

Preventing the Next Extinction: Conservation Tactics from 2016 Prize Winner Carl Jones


The National Audubon Society shares some important words from 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner, Dr. Carl Jones: "All species are savable." Learn more about Jones' thoughts on how to prevent the next extinction. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Indonesia Commits to Protect 20 Million Hectares of Marine Resources


Fantastic news for your Friday! With more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is home to abundant (and amazing) marine biodiversity. The country has now committed to protect 20 million hectares of its coastal regions and resources by 2020. Find out more from UN Sustainable Development Platform

High Hopes for Giraffes in Niger


Conservation groups in Niger are working with local communities to further efforts, bringing high hopes for the future of giraffe populations in the area. | Deutsche Welle TVColumbian Reserve Protects one of Planet's Most Diverse Regions


A new reserve in the Columbian Andes will protect one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Home to jaguars, spectacled bears, birds and more, the 13,000 acre landscape will safeguard species that are endangered, endemic and often emblematic to the local communities. More from ​Conserving Large Animals is Vital to Small Species


Ripple effects for species small and large. Recent studies have found conserving megafauna brings positive news for smaller animals like birds, amphibians and even important processes in ecosystems too.

Prize Finalist Releases New Study on Penguins


Still hard at work! 2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalist and penguin champion Dr. P. Dee Boersma led a research team to study the behavior between Galapagos penguin parents and offspring after they’ve left the nest. Learn more about the study here and Dee’s inspiring efforts at

Penguin Sentinels | University of Washington

Saving Sea Lions One Snapshot at a Time


Calling citizen scientists! You can help save endangered Stellar sea lions by looking at snapshots — join NOAA Fisheries Alaska by clicking below.

Though sea lion populations have rebounded across most of Alaska, the western Aleutian Islands have seen a decline of nearly 94 percent over the last 30 years. Public assistance to classify images will help scientists organize and review high-priority photos and shape future research.​

Cheerios Bring Buzz for Bees


Gaining buzz for pollinators! Boxes of General Mills’ popular Cheerios are missing their iconic insect. Why? To raise awareness for bees and other important species facing population declines. Learn more and see how you can receive wildflower seeds to help

2016 Prize Winner Nominated for Wales' St. David Award


Professor Carl Jones, 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner, exemplifies what it means to be a conservation hero. He has been nominated for the St. David Awards in Wales, an award to acknowledge individuals making a difference for the country — at home or abroad. ​

Camera Traps Helping Save Russia's Rare Snow Leopards


Endangered and elusive, snow leopards are the focus of four-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Rodney Jackson’s conservation career. See how cameras are providing new insights for the species, from Guardian Environment ​

The Guardian | Snow Leopard Conservancy |

Great Strides to Save Species


Want conservation inspiration? Read the stories of women and men impacting the cutting edge in scientific research and saving species on the edge of extinction in the Indianapolis Prize EDGE, a contemporary take on conservation news. The latest edition is available here:

Rare Whales on Film for the First Time


One of the rarest whales in the world now on film! See the first underwater images of elusive True’s beaked whales on Washington and Coexisting with Jaguars


Conservation work in Paraguay’s Chaco is helping ranchers coexist with jaguars, securing a future for the cats including preserving vital habitat and dispersal corridors.

The jaguar is the world’s third largest big cat and one of the most widely distributed across the world, ranging from the southwestern US to Argentina’s northern regions. Two-time Prize Finalist Gerardo Ceballos has developed strategies to positively impact this species and more. Follow his accomplishments at

Wildlife Conservation Society | Instituto de Ecología, UNAM.Celebrating Leadership on World Wildlife Day


It's World Wildlife Day and we're celebrating the leadership it takes to create conservation success stories!

#SavingSpecies | | Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust | The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation​ | 

New Protected Area in Scotland to Protect Basking Sharks


A planned marine protected area off Scotland’s western coast could help populations of basking sharks. Learn more from

Conservationists Come Together Before Vaquitas Vanish


6,500 species and counting for photographer Joel Sartore, Photographer's Photo Ark. Hear how he’s bringing awareness to conservation on NPR​​​ [close]

February 2017​

PhotoArk Celebrates Animals Great and Small


6,500 species and counting for photographer Joel Sartore, Photographer's Photo Ark. Hear how he’s bringing awareness to conservation on NPR 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

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

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 >>

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

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: 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

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:

See his story with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation at 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 Earth

Plus, hear Attenborough's message on the conservation hope instilled through the Indianapolis Prize here: |

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. | 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

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 |

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. | 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 >>

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.

The Conversation | Wildlife Conservation Society | Colorado State University | Warner College of Natural Resources |

​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

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:

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: | LJMU |

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.

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:

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 >>

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:[close]​

January 2017

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:

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:

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:

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:

Conservation International | IUCN | IUCN Primate Specialist Group |

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

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's series on Asian rhinos here:

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 and Durrell Wildlife Conservation

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

​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's newscast giving thought to conserving “edge species.” Listen here: (click to 10:30 for his interview) and check out more about his inspiring studies at

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

Bumblebee Placed on Endangered Species List


On Tuesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the rusty patch bumblebee was being placed on the endangered species list — the first bee in the continental US to be placed on the list. Find out more about the pollinators from USA

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

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

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 › and find out about the heroes working to protect the planet at

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 [close]

December 2016​

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: |

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 | 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.

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 →

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

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 ► | Great Big Story | Sea Turtle Conservancy

Like this story? Find out more about ocean conservation and heroes like Prize Finalist Dr. Carl Safina at

"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: 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:

And meet heroes striving to save species at​

Conservation Success for Seabirds


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

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

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 | IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Mexico 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 Reser​ve is home to more than 500 species of fish and 1,900 species of flora and fauna →

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! 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 Prize finalist Carl Safina fights to preserve sea life like bluefin tuna. Learn more about his efforts here:​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 →

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: 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

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. #SavingSpecies​​ [close]

November 2016​​

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!

Researching Mysterious Drop in Caribou Populations


Dramatic drop in caribou in Alaska concerns biologists. Learn more from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Endangered Bird Adapts to Forest Fragmentation


Evolution in action. One species of bird evolved with its habitat changes. Learn more from Earth Times



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.

Glowing Geckos Key to Improved Biodiversity


Geckos aglow shine light on biodiversity.
Seeker Network

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 | 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 | 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

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

​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 »

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

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 »

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 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 →

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust | MASTERPIECE | PBS |

​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 to see how people are working to protect one of Southeast Asia’s keystone species ​→​ ​

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: | #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:

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.

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.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust | The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation |

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"

Plus, see all of the videos from the Indianapolis Prize Gala online at 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:

2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Rodney Jackson has devoted his career to protecting these incredible creatures. Follow his story at by clicking Conservation Heroes. Snow Leopard Conservancy​​ [close]

October 2016

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 »

Check out 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

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!

​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 →

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.

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 »

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.

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 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! #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!

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 » #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!

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 →​​

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 | 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

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

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:

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 »​​​​

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 →

​​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

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: | 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 →

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 →

​​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​​ [close]

​​​September 2016

​​​New Technology Heightens Snow Leopard Conservation 


New technology may be pivotal to the future of snow leopard conservation. Find out more from PBS here:

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 |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.

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 #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

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.

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 → |

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 ►

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: | 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

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

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 » | 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 →

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​​

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.​

Good News for Giant Pandas


Efforts to save pandas paying off: the species upgraded from endangered to vulnerable.

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​ [close]

​​​August 2016

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 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

​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 →

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! 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

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​​

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

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:

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 »

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

​​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 →

​​​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

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

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 n​​​atural 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 here:

​​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 →​​ 

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 » |

​​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​​​​

​​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

​​​Manatees Will Make Their Way Back to Guadeloupe 


Manatees on 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 »​​

​​​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

​​​​​​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 -->

​​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 alread​y 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:

​​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.​ [close]

July 2016​​​

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 ► | Wildlife Conservation Society |

​​New Whale Species Discovered 


Mysterious marine mammal is actually a new species! Check out more about this rare whale, known as "the raven" → NPR

Orangutan Vocalization Research 


Extraordinary research out of Indianapo​lis 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

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

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​​

​​​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 »

​​​'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.

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 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 →

​​​​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.

​​​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 →

​​"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 j​obs” are protecting New Zealand’s native wildlife from extinction. Learn more from The Huffington Post →

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 Prize. ​

​​​​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 pollin​ators this week by taking part in Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.'s Pollinator Count. Click here to get started → | 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

​​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

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

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 →

​​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 anothe​r amazing find. Learn more from Wildlife Conservation Society about the 1,000th bird species discovered -->

​​​​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 -->

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. Wa​nt to know how you can help? Click here:

See how conservationists across the world are striving to save species

​​​​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 | | 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 here:

​​​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: |

​​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

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 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​[close]

June 2016​​​

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 


Hawaii is the fifth state to end trade of wildlife products, protecting endangered species like elephants, rhinos, sharks and rays. This means, along with New York and California, the top three ivory markets in the US are now banned. Find out more NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) »

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 →

​​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

​​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 →

​​The Dormouse is Back! 


More t​han 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 →

​​​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 →

​​​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-feather​ed parrots — star of the animated movie Rio — was spotted in Brazil, giving new hope for the area. Learn more from MPR

​​​Two-Time Indy Prize Finalist Gives Insight on Cheetah Conservation 


Check out t​​​wo-time Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Laurie Marker’s blog onThe Huffington Post. It’s all about environment, sustainability and cheetah conservation → | Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)

​​Elephant Relocation Program Could Help Save the Species


Wildlife exper​ts 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 »

​​​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 →

​​​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 po​pulations and assessing population health. Listen to his interview withScientific American magazine here: | Wildlife Conservation Society |

"Get Out Into Nature" 


“Get out into nature — se​​​e what’s out there.” – 2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Professor Carl Jones

‪#‎TuesdayTidbit‬ ​| | Durrell Wildlife Conservation TrustThe 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 S​​pecies Act as populations reach new lows. Find out more about the petition, environmental effects and recovery from the Center for Biological

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

​​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

​​​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

​​​Singapore Crushes Its Ivory Stockpile 


For the first time, Singapore cr​ushed its stockpile of ivory – 8 metric tons worth $10 million – sending a strong message against the illegal wildlife trade. Find out more from

​​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

​​​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 »

​​​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 inc​ludes 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→

​​​​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

Ceballos has been at the forefront of groundbreaking research and animal conservation efforts across Mexico, including the co​untry’s first Act for Endangered Species. Follow his work at 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

​​​​​​​​​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 »

​​​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

​​​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 P​rize Winner Carl Jones. Read more about Carl's journey to save species and ecosystems here »

​​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 | 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 stor​​y with your friends.

​​​2008 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Discusses the Future of Tiger Recovery 


The tigers of the M​​adhya 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[close]

​​​​​​May 2016​

​​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 here:

​​​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

​​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 »

Changes in Human-Polar Bear Conflict


Overcom​​ing 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 by clicking "Conservation Heroes."​

​​Brazil's Long Lost Blue-eyed Ground-dove has Been Sighted 


Beautifully u​nique 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

​​​World's Rarest Cat Population Expected to Rocket in Russia


Thanks to Rus​sia’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

​​​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 →

​​Superman Helps in Animal Conservation 


Superhero of the s​ilver 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 →

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust |

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! C​heck 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 recover​y in modern conservation movements and the triumph of the National Bison Legacy Act. Read more on The

​​​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 »

​​​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 poa​ching. Populations of greater one-horned rhinos now reach 645, a record high for the country. More from WWF →

​​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

​​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 »

​​​​First Report of All The World's Plant Life is Out!


Researchers completed the first assessment of the planet’s plant life, finding we share our world with 391,000 different species! But invasive plants, disease and changing landscapes put 1 in 5 of those species at risk of extinction according to the study.

Find out what conservation efforts are in motion » From Washington | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

​​The United States Has A New National Mammal... The Bison!


Meet the United States official national mammal: the American bison!

​​Russia Makes First Ever Wildlife Tunnel


Great news! Russia’s fi​rst-ever wildlife tunnel leaves vital corridors for species like Amur leopards and tigers intact. Check out more from Wildlife Conservation Society

​​Indianapolis Celebrates Indianapolis Prize


The city of Indianapolis celebrates Prize Winner Carl Jones with us as Mayor Joe Hogsett proclaims May 4, 2016 In​​dianapolis Prize Day!

​​Inside Indianapolis Prize Winner, Carl Jones, Passionate Work


2016 Indianapolis Prize Winner Professor Carl Jones exemplifies what it means to truly save species. Insightfu​l look at his ​​passionate work fromBBC Wales News →​

​​​Inspiring Future Generations


Inspiring future ge​nerations 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 th​e 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 ►

Winner of The 2016 Indianapolis Prize is... Carl Jones!


We’re thrilled to announc​​e 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 endang​​​ered 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 »

WTHR-TV Features Indianapolis Prize Finalist Amanda Vincent


It's the last fe​ature on our 2016 Finalists from our friends at WTHR-TV. Get to know Amanda Vincent and her work with Project Seahorse »

Five Endangered Species in Indiana


​​​Saving spe​cies 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 A​merican bison![close]

April 2016​

Indianapolis Prize Finalst Amanda Vincent and Seahorses


2016 Prize Finalist Dr. Amanda Vincent has dedicated her professional life to protecting seahorses and the marine e​nvironments 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:

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. | The Safina Center | Stony Brook University |

Indianapolis Prize Finalist Carl Safina Connects Conservation Through Storytelling


2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Carl Safina creates conservation connections through storytelling. His c​ompelling articles and best-selling books explore the tales of humans, animals and the natural world. Learn more about Carl’s work here:

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: |

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 p​rotect these endangered cats → and find out more about conservation heroes like Rodney at

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 » |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:

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 h​as brought species back from the brink of extinction and created a bright future for the mammals, birds and reptiles of Mauritius » | Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust | The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation |

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 here:

Indianapolis Prize conservation heroes are dedicated to preserving species across the world, including tigers. 2008 Final​ist K. Ullas Karanth propels their conservation by studying both behavior and ecology. Head for his story.​

Indianapolis Prize Finalist Rodney Jackson Helps People and Snow Leopards Coexist


2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalist Dr. Rodney Jackson is protecting snow leopards by helping people coexist peacefully with them. He's pioneered tracking technology t​​o shed light on how these elusive big cats live and their environmental importance. Learn more about Rodney's heroic work for snow leopards here:

Sea Turtles E​arned 'Threatened'​​​ Status


Great day for the green sea turtles of Florida and Mexico! Populations are doing well enough to earn a “threatened” rather t​han “endangered” classification. Find out more about this positive news and the conservationists devoted to protecting these marine creatures fromHeadlines and Global News | 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

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! Che​ck out the incred​​ible devotion of this penguin protector and stay tuned each Monday evening for more about our conservation heroes »

Penguin Sentinels | University of Washington | Wildlife Conservation Society |

Devastating Drop in Numbers for Grauer's Gorillas


New report shows devastating drop in nu​mbers of Grauer’s gorillas. See how Wildlife Conservation SocietyFauna & Flora International and other groups are taking action to reverse the decline → |

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 |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 goril​las » from Lincoln Park | 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 end​​angered species of Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem, including orangutans and elephants. Find out more fromPeople →[close]

March 2016​

​​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

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

​​​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:

​Ecuador ​Creates Galá​pagos​ 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

​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:

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: and check out Carl's work with The Safina Center at 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 here:

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

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:

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 ► 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 &

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: | 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

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

​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

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 »

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 →

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:

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


​February 2016

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 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 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

CBS News Discusses New Changes for Polar Bears

2/15/2016 ​
Watch CBS News feature for a clear understanding of polar bears and how their lives are changing.​ Learn more about the story here:

Vessel Track​​ing 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:

2016 Indianapolis Prize Finalists Announced

​2/9/2016 ​
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!

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

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 | 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

​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

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 [close]

January 2016

Wyoming 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
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: |

Protecting South Africa's Leopards

News from South Africa: 2016 brings year-long leopard hunting ban to protect the big cat species.|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:

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

Technological Approach to Save Vaquita Porpoises

1/26/2016 ​
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

See how conservation heroes like 2016 Prize nominee Dr. Carl Safina are working to protect the ocean's incredible animals at |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

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

​​​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 | University of WashingtonPenguin 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: Guardian

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

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

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 »

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 | 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

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.

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 | 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 |

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 » |

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

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 |Zoological Society of London | Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Check out all of our incredible nominees at [close]

December 2015

​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

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 | Wildlife Conservation Society | Panthera |

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 | Save the Elephants | 96 Elephants |

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 and meet Indianapolis Prize nominees saving snow leopards and many other species here: | 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 | 

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

​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 |

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 |

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 |

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 →

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 |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 » |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 ► |Save the Elephants Disney's Animal Kingdom Disney's Animals, Science and Environment University of Oxford Iain Douglas-Hamilton |

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 |

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 |

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. | 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 |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

Celebrating Prize Heroes on World Wildlife Conservation Day

It’s ‪#‎WorldWildlifeConservationDay‬! Meet the incredible Indianapolis Prize heroes working around the globe to protect endangered

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:

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. 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

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

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 » Want more? See the incredible stories of conservation heroes saving species around the world at [close]

November 2015

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.

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

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

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 | Fox News |

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

Learn about all 28 conservation heroes nominated for the 2016 Prize here: |

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 » | 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

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

Sartore is one of 28 nominees for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize. To learn more about these conservation heroes head to

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 |

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 →

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: | | 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

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

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

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 | 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 | | 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

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 »

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 under the Conservation Heroes tab. [close]

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It's #WorldLemurDay!


To celebrate ‪#‎WorldLemurDay‬, take a look at the incredible conservation victories 2014 Prize winner Patricia Wright has accomplished for lemurs in Madagascar! | Centre ValBio | Stony Brook University |

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 and conservation standouts over the years at 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

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: |

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.

Conservation heroes are working across countries to protect the planet’s amazing biodiversity. Learn more about men and women devoted to saving species at

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:

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

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: | | 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 |

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. 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 |

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 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Geographic

You can learn more about conservation heroes working to save ocean animals at

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 | | 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: | | 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 »

Love elephants? So does 2010 Indianapolis Prize winner Iain Douglas-Hamilton. See the impact of his endeavors with Save the Elephants

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 |

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 | [close]