The Indianapolis Prize is awarded biennially by Indianapolis Zoo. It is generously sponsored by donations from Eli Lilly and Company. The Prize committee has the following information on their website:
The biennial $100,000 Indianapolis Prize represents the largest individual monetary award for animal conservation in the world and is given as an unrestricted gift to the chosen honoree. The Indianapolis Prize was initiated by the Indianapolis Zoo as a significant component of its mission to inspire local and global communities and to celebrate, protect and preserve our natural world through conservation, education and research. This award brings the world’s attention to the cause of animal conservation and the brave, talented and dedicated men and women who spend their lives saving the Earth’s endangered animal species.
The 29 finalists for 2010 award were announced in September. This award highlights the positive role that individuals can play in preserving wildlife bio-diversity. This is a great opportunity for the Indianapolis community to encourage conservation efforts around the world by rewarding hard work that is often unacknowledged.
Of course, there are many animal conservation projects that Indianapolis can sponsor locally. From habitat restoration to wildlife corridors to urban parkland management (see my earlier post here), Indianapolis is well-positioned to be a leader in this important field.