Zoo con­ser­va­tion awards

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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