Indianapolis Prize

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The Indianapolis Prize
Indianapolis Prize logo.png
Awarded for "Extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts"
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
Country United States
Presented by Indianapolis Zoological Society
Reward
  • US$250,000 (1st place)
  • US$10,000 (5 runners-up)
First awarded 2006
Official website www.indianapolisprize.org

The Indianapolis Prize is a biennial prize awarded by the Indianapolis Zoo to individuals for "extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts" affecting one or more animal species.[1] It is frequently referred to[by whom?] as the world's leading award for animal conservation by members of the professional wildlife conservation community.[citation needed]

Overview[edit]

The Indianapolis Prize was established by the Indianapolis Zoo to recognize and reward individuals who have achieved significant successes in the conservation of animal species. From 2006 through 2012, winners of the Prize received an unrestricted cash award of US$100,000, which was increased to US$250,000 for 2014 and subsequent years. In addition, beginning in 2014, five other finalists each receive a US$10,000 unrestricted cash award.[1]

The Prize winner and finalists are selected by a two-stage process involving a nominating committee and jury.[1] Many renowned conservationists and scientists have served on the nominating committee and jury, including E.O. Wilson, John Terborgh, Peter Raven, Stuart Pimm, and Mark Stanley Price.[citation needed]

The Indianapolis Prize is one part of a broad-based conservation initiative being undertaken by the Indianapolis Zoo. The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation has pledged the startup funding for the Prize, and in addition to the US$250,000 award the winner also receives the Lilly Medal.[clarification needed (unclear prose)] The obverse of the Lilly Medal features a shepherd surrounded by nature and the rising sun. On the reverse is inscribed a quote from naturalist John Muir, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."[2]

Recipients[edit]

Year Winner Animals studied Finalists Source(s)
2006 George W. Archibald Cranes [3][4]
2008 George B. Schaller Multiple species [5]
2010 Iain Douglas-Hamilton Elephants [6][7]
2012 Steven Amstrup Polar bears [8]
2014 Patricia Wright Lemurs [9][10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Overview". The Indianapolis Prize. Indianapolis Zoological Society. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lilly Medal Awarded Prize Winners". Indianapolis Zoological Society. Retrieved November 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ "The 2006 Indianapolis Prize Winner". The Indianapolis Prize. Indianapolis Zoological Society. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bergquist, Lee (August 22, 2006). "Crane conservationist to receive $100,000 prize". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. B-1. 
  5. ^ "The 2008 Indianapolis Prize Winner". The Indianapolis Prize. Indianapolis Zoological Society. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The 2010 Indianapolis Prize Winner". The Indianapolis Prize. Indianapolis Zoological Society. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.indystar.com/article/20100603/LOCAL18/6030420/Elephant-protector-wins-Indy-Prize
  8. ^ Davenport, Paula M. "Bears on the Brink". University of Idaho. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ Rudavsky, Shari (January 30, 2014). "Indianapolis Prize hopefuls dedicated to saving animals". The Indianapolis Star. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014 – via USA Today. 
  10. ^ "Conservation's Indianapolis Prize names finalists". The Wall Street Journal. Associated Press. January 30, 2014. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 

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