Scientist Joel Berger poses with a yak skull in the Tibetan Plateau. Berger, a National Geographic explorer, is one of the newest nominees for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize.
Nat Geo Explorers Nominated for Top Conservation Prize
2016 Indianapolis Prize nominees include nearly a dozen National Geographic explorers.
Twenty-eight of the world’s top animal conservationists were recognized Tuesday as nominees for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize, the biggest award in the field. Nearly half of the nominees have a connection to National Geographic. And in some cases, the relationship goes back decades.
The Indianapolis Zoo has given the biennial prize for the past ten years. The winners are a veritable who’s who in conservation.
“The [nominees] are protecting species and creating successful conservation methods that ensure future generations will live in a flourishing and sustainable world,” said Michael Crowther, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo, in a statement.
Prize judge John Francis says the award “fills a huge gap left by the Nobel Prize, which is remarkably limited in its