The third annual Behler Award for freshwater turtle conservation has been presented to Dr. Peter Pritchard, at a joint symposium of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), and the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG).
Dr. Pritchard received the award for his inspirational leadership and huge commitment to the conservation of turtles and tortoises. Having written several important texts on the subject he also founded the Chelonian Research Institute, which houses the world’s largest collection of turtle specimens at around 13,000 exhibits. His influence has led to three types of turtle being named after him and Time Magazine has hailed him a ‘Hero of the Planet’.
The award was announced in September at the 6th Annual Symposium on Conservation and Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises in Tuscon, Arizona. It was presented by the Chair of the IUCN/SSC TFTSG, Anders Rhodin and Co-Chair of the TSA, Rick Hudson. The award includes an honorarium of $3000.
As well as lifetime achievements, the Behler Award has plans to honour the efforts of young conservationists, providing inspiration and reward for all those working on the front line of turtle conservation around the world.