Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation: Commendations

In addition to the recent winners of the Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation – the Mad Dog Initiative – we are pleased to recognise the work of two further nominees.

Dr. Sandra Baker is the Humane Society Research Fellow and a member of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the University of Oxford. Her primary research interests relate to the welfare of wild vertebrates, including human-wildlife conflict, wildlife management and wildlife trade issues. Her current research focuses on the animal welfare impact of vertebrate management methods, including applying and developing a model to examine the impacts of both lethal and non-lethal methods, and to identify ways of reducing these.

Belinda Low Mackey is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, whose mission is to conserve the endangered Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat in partnership with communities. The Trust is committed to showing respect and compassion for wildlife, the environment, and the people who live there. In addition to its conservation and community work, the Trust has established a mud rescue patrol team that is deployed during months at risk of floods. They have since rescued 9 more Grevy’s zebra, 1 gerenuk, 2 ostrich and 3 warthogs.

The judging panel for the Award is pleased to recognise their work.