Winner Announced For The 2012 Indianapolis Prize
The world’s leading award for animal conservation goes to... polar bear scientist Dr. Steven C. Amstrup. The Indianapolis Zoo selected Amstrup to receive the 2012 Indianapolis Prize.
Steve Amstrup is widely regarded as the most important and influential scientist working on polar bear conservation today," said Michael Crowther, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo. "By bringing greater awareness to the polar bears’ plight and plausible solutions, he has created a lifeline for the entire species."
In 2007 Amstrup led an international team of researchers to assess the likely future impact of global warming on polar bears. The group’s nine reports, relied on by the Secretary of the Interior, became the basis for the 2008 listing of polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. This listing is significant because the polar bear is the first species - and only species to date - to be listed on the basis of threats posed by global warming.
Amstrup will receive $100,000 and the Lilly Medal, which will be presented at the at the Indianapolis Prize Gala ceremony Sept. 29, 2012, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis.
The award was initiated by the Indianapolis Zoo to advance animal conservation.