By Konstantin Vengerowsky
A British man who has made it his mission to save the African elephant received this year’s largest individual monetary award for animal conservation. The $100,000 award, known as the Indianapolis Prize, is given out every two years to an individual who strives to preserve the world’s endangered species.
Iain Douglas-Hamilton was one of 29 nominees for this award. He led anti-poaching aid programs in Africa and is a guardian for elephants that are being threatened due to a renewed demand for ivory.
He will receive the award in late September and will then engage in a series of outreach programs designed to spread the conservation message. He will go on a national lecture tour as well as appear at local events at the Indianapolis Zoo, and throughout the city. He will also go live on international webcasts to schools, colleges and universities.