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Ian Craig Nominated for the Indianapolis Prize!

September 23, 2007

 It is with great pleasure that we share Ian's nomination for the Indianapolis Prize. For more information on the nomination please visit this link Indianapolis Prize

Ian Craig Nominated for the Indianapolis Prize Acclaimed animal conservationist vies for $100,000 award

INDIANAPOLIS --- Ian Craig is one of 29 animal conservationists nominated to receive the Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation. Craig, a Kenya resident and executive director of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Northern Rangelands, has been nominated for mobilizing enormous resources for security at a grassroots level in totally lawless areas in Kenya, enabling conservation areas to grow and thrive.

Indianapolis Prize nominees' work spans the globe, representing a range of species from amphibians to zebras, and includes elephants, tigers, wolves and whales, among many others. The Nominating Committee is reviewing the applications and will select the six finalists, who will be announced in early 2008. The Prize Jury will then determine the winner who will be honored at the next Indianapolis Prize Gala, held September 28, 2008, in Indianapolis.

In addition to receiving the $100,000 Prize, the recipient is also awarded the Lilly Medal, an original work of art that signifies the winner's contributions to conserving some of the world's most threatened animals. The Indianapolis Prize was first awarded in 2006 to Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, who, through his decades of work, has contributed significantly to the preservation of the world's 15 surviving species of cranes.

"While the task of selecting the finalists and ultimately a winner of the Indianapolis Prize will be challenging, we are pleased with the caliber of the nominees," said Michael Crowther, CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo, the organization responsible for initiating the conservation award. "All have shown tremendous dedication to preserving and protecting fragile species, some of which owe their continued existence to these extraordinary conservationists."

The Indianapolis Prize was initiated by the Indianapolis Zoo as a significant component of its mission to inspire local and global communities to celebrate, protect, and preserve our natural world through conservation, education and research. This biennial award brings the world's attention to the cause of animal conservation and the brave, talented and dedicated men and women who spend their lives saving the Earth's endangered animal species.