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African Conservation Award

African Conservation Award

2013 Award Winner George Owoyesigire

Steve H. Taylor African Conservation Award
To celebrate the leadership and ongoing impact of Zoo Director Steve Taylor, whose 24-year tenure (1989-2012) shepherded many major improvements, the Zoo Society Board of Trustees established a Conservation Award in his honor. The Steve H. Taylor African Conservation Award celebrates Steve’s two great professional passions: the conservation of African wildlife and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

This annual award will make it possible for a conservation partner working in Africa to attend an AZA conference or other professional development opportunity that enhances long-term capacity for successful field conservation initiatives in Africa. Recipients will be selected on the basis of alignment with our organizational mission, conservation philosophy and field conservation priorities. Awards will support direct and long-term conservation impact, positively affect local people and create further opportunities for capacity building in country.

First recipient: George Owoyesigire
Owoyesigire began his conservation career as a receptionist and part-time ranger at Kibale National Park in Uganda. His dedication, intelligence and enthusiasm were soon noticed by researchers from the Jane Goodall Institute who recruited him for a chimpanzee project. Believing that Owoyesigire had not yet reached his full potential, the Institute reached out to the Zoo and Zoo Society to help fund his professional development. Owoyesigire went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental management from Nkumba University in Uganda, and a master’s degree in primate conservation from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom.

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