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The Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation

The Born Free Foundation, on behalf of the Compassionate Conservation Network, is delighted to announce the opening of applications for the 3rd Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation.

The Born Free Foundation has, at its heart, the interface between animal welfare and conservation, and is keen to promote its agenda of Compassionate Conservation, where the welfare of individual animals is a central consideration in conservation actions.

The Award of US$1000 is made annually by the Born Free Foundation, in consultation with the network of Compassionate Conservation experts, on the basis of nominations or applications submitted for review. The Award is named after the iconic actress and founder of the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna OBE, and is intended to provide support and recognition for researchers, practitioners, organisations and projects that promote and develop the consideration of animal welfare in conservation practice.

Interested parties should submit an overview of their work or project, or the individual or project they would like to nominate, detailing in particular the relevance to both animal welfare and conservation (maximum 1000 words), by 30th June 2014.

Shortlisted applicants may then be asked to complete a more detailed application.

Applications should be submitted in MS Word or equivalent to

Submission is completed on receipt of a written acknowledgement from Compassionate Conservation. The reviewers reserve the right to reject any or all applications, and all decisions on shortlisting and allocation of the award are final.

The Award will be announced in August 2014.

Further details about the Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation, including details of past winners, can be found throughout this site.