The 2016 Indianapolis Prize has announced its 28 nominees for the prestigious $250,000 prize which recognises outstanding research and conservation efforts in the field of wildlife conservation.
The list, while including an incredible range of species, includes three conservationists working with snow leopards, snow leopard habitat and communities. We congratulation Dr Rodney Jackson, Dr Charu Mishra and Jigmet Takpa on their nominations.
Their citations read –
Rodney Jackson, Ph.D.: (Snow Leopard Conservancy) Conducted in-depth radio-tracking studies of snow leopards since the 1980s; dedicated to building local communities’ capacity as key players in conserving the species. Finalist for the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Indianapolis Prize.
Charudutt Mishra, Ph.D.: (Snow Leopard Trust & Nature Conservation Foundation) Conservation biologist working to protect threatened species and habitats throughout Central Asia, with a focus on the charismatic and endangered snow leopard.
Jigmet Takpa: (Government of Jammu and Kashmir, India) Focused on evidence-based landscape-level conservation programs in Ladakh northern India, resulting in population recovery of snow leopard, Tibetan argali, gazelle and antelope, lynx, Pallas’ cat, Tibetan and black-necked crane; introduced projects and technologies for local communities to regard wildlife as assets rather than threats.
“The 2016 Indianapolis Prize Nominees represent many of the most significant and accomplished wildlife conservationists in the field today,” said Michael Crowther, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo, which initiated the Indianapolis Prize. “They are protecting species and creating successful conservation methods that ensure future generations will live in a flourishing and sustainable world. We applaud their accomplishments and encourage individuals, organizations, companies, and governments to join them in advancing animal conservation.”
A Jury will select six finalists and determine a winner to be announced at the next Indianapolis Prize Gala in October 2016.
More on the prize here .
For a full list of all 28 nominees see here .