Holly Dublin, Chair of the SSC, presented Dr Russell Mittermeier with the Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit at the recent meeting of the SSC Specialist Group Chairs in Al Ain, UAE.
The Sir Peter Scott Award is the "senior" SSC award, dating back to 1984, and is presented to individuals in recognition of significant and long term service to conservation through their work with the SSC or associated institutions. The award, a medal with a likeness of the first SSC Chair Sir Peter Scott and a certificate, was presented to Dr Mittermeier in recognition of his enduring commitment to the conservation of species across the globe, his leadership of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, and his dedication to the SSC for more than three decades.
Dr Mittermeier is a primatologist and herpetologist by training, and has been Chair of the Primate Specialist Group since 1977. His work in the field has been in more than 20 countries, especially in Amazonia, the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, and Madagascar. He has published more than 400 scientific and popular articles and 12 books, most notably "Hotspots".