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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 info@compassionateconservation.org.

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.

2nd Virginia McKenna Award

Slow Loris Champion Wins 2nd Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation

We are delighted to announce that Professor Anna Nekaris of Oxford Brookes University and the Little Fireface Project(www.nocturama.org) has been awarded the 2nd Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation.

Prof. Nekaris was selected to receive the award for her work in exposing the cruel and destructive trade in slow lorises as pets in South East Asia, and for raising awareness of the plight of these secretive and fascinating animals through academia, the media and field work.

The Little Fireface Project (LFP) began officially in December 2011, building on work carried out by the Nocturnal Primate Research Group at Oxford Brookes since 1993. In response to a burgeoning demand for illegally traded wild slow lorises as pets, fuelled by YouTube videos, LFP launched a formal programme to halt this trade. The Project initiated the first long-term field study of Javan slow lorises, providing vital data to rescue centres to improve success of reintroduction of ex-pet trade victims. It provides training materials and workshops on taxonomy, helping to reduce reintroduction of non-native loris species; conducts market surveys and reports illegal loris sales to authorities; operates a community-based conservation project in Garut, with conservation education and training schemes for trackers, enforcement officers and students; provides alternative incomes to villagers producing loris handicrafts; and actively uses social media to promote its activities, resulting in the removal of the ‘notorious’ Tickling Slow Loris video from wired.com in 2012.

Virginia McKenna OBE, founder of the Born Free Foundation, who met with Prof. Nekaris in Oxford to present the Award, said “I am so delighted that Anna has won this award. I think her work has brought international attention to this little-understood species and her commitment to the individuals she encounters is exactly what Compassionate Conservation is all about.”

The award, sponsored by the Born Free Foundation, 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.

Prof. Nekaris intends to use the Award funding to produce an information book in Bahasa Indonesia to educate and empower local people to save slow lorises.

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.

 

Virginia McKenna Award

First Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation Announced

Heartfelt congratulations to Shivani Bhalla of the Ewaso Lions Project on being awarded the first Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation! The award, sponsored by the Born Free Foundation, 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. Shivani was selected to receive the award for her work with local communities to conserve lions and other large carnivores in northern Kenya by reducing conflict and helping them understand the importance of lions and other wildlife.