Rodney Jackson from the Snow Leopard Conservancy has been nominated again for this prestigious prize. (He was also nominated in 2008).
The Indianapolis Prize “is the largest individual monetary award for animal species conservation in the world and is given as an unrestricted gift to the chosen honoree. The Prize is given every other year to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts involving a single animal species or multiple species.”
Rodney was one of the first snow leopard researchers to capture and radio collar wild cats in the early 1980’s and this work was a major leap forward in helping conservation of the endangered species. Since then he’s been working not only researching the cats but also with the communities which share its habitat, creating opportunities for snow leopard eco-tourism and helping villagers with livestock avoid snow leopard predation. If our wonderful cat ends us surviving long term in the wild, Rodney will have been one of the major contributors to that.
“Saving Snow Leopards Blog” wishes Rodney all the best for this prize.