Zoo conservation awards
Conservationists from around the country have the chance to step up and be recognised for their work.
Nominations for Auckland Zoo’s 2009 national conservation awards are now open to all active conservationists working to make a difference.
The awards, judged by the Auckland Zoo Board, celebrate individual conservation initiatives of local, regional or national significance.
The winner of the Conservationist of the Year award receives $1000 to help with their initiative and the Young Conservationist of the Year, for those aged 17 and younger, will win a “money can’t buy” conservation experience.
Auckland Zoo Board chairman Graeme Mulholland says winners could be anyone, from a young person who organises their community for a beach clean-up to someone working professionally on habitat restoration or wildlife recovery.
“Whatever their passion or project, if they are out in their communities really making a difference, please nominate them.”
Last year’s winners were Otago University frog research leader Dr Phil Bishop and 10-year-old Waterview resident Isabella Wilson for her anti-palm oil campaign.
Entries and nominations can be made at www.aucklandzoo.co.nz before August 1.