Patricia Medici, Chair of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG) and Charudutt Mishra, a member of the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group are two of the three winners to be awarded the Golden Ark Award in 2008.
Patrícia Medici, Coordinator of the Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative (LTCI) in Brazil and Chair of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (CBSG) and Charudutt Mishra, member of the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group are two of the three winners of the Golden Ark Award from the Golden Ark Foundation in the Netherlands.
The goal of the Golden Ark Foundation is to promote the conservation of species of wild animals and plants. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation has established the Golden Ark Award, a prestigious conservation award, which rewards and funds individuals for their internationally outstanding species conservation efforts. The Golden Ark Award honors creativity, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of species conservation, and aims to stimulate award winners to sustain their dedicated work.
In September 2007, 69 conservationists from 40 different countries worldwide were nominated for the Golden Ark Award. Ten of the nominees were short-listed for the second phase of the selection process, and three of them were selected as the winners of the award. Patrícia Medici was nominated by the Dutch Foundation Zoos Help of the Dutch Federation of Zoos, a long-term supporter of Patrícia’s tapir conservation efforts in Brazil. Charudutt Mishra from , works on Himalayan wildlife with a strong focus on the snow leopard.
The other winner of the Golden Ark Award 2008 was Michiel Hötte from the Netherlands, a pioneer in Amur leopard conservation in Russia. Award winners will receive €50.000 as a contribution to their conservation work. Patrícia, Charudutt, and Michiel will be the definite winners of the Golden Ark Award when they receive it during the Golden Ark Conference at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands, on the 14th of March, 2008.
Further information about the Golden Ark Foundation and Golden Ark Award can be found at: www.goldenarkaward.org