INDIANAPOLIS – For her heroic and selfless dedication to protecting the lemurs, ecosystems, and people, of Madagascar, Indianapolis Zoological Society officials today announced Dr. Patricia Chappelle Wright as winner of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. As the Indianapolis Prize winner, Wright, a distinguished professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, will receive $250,000 and the Lilly Medal, joining the ranks of some of the most celebrated conservationists on Earth.
“We are honored to present the 2014 Indianapolis Prize to Patricia Wright,” said Michael Crowther, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, which initiated the Indianapolis Prize as part of its conservation mission. “A static summary of achievements is not enough to convey Pat’s impact on protecting lemurs and habitat in Madagascar. Her approach has been hugely successful at the intersection of conservation and community building. We hope that her remarkable story will empower others to become advocates for our planet and the wildlife that inhabit it.” CLICK HERE to read the news release celebrating Dr. Wright’s achievement and career. Dr. Wright plans to use portions of the prize money to bring electricity to communities around Ranomafana National Park, and to fund protection of an unprotected forest just north of the park. This forest is home to another yet undescribed new species of rare lemur, which are critically threatened by gold mining in the area. – Indianapolis Prize News Release
Dr. Wright established the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. She directs the Centre ValBio, pictured below, which is adjacent to the park. CLICK HERE to learn more about the center and conservation efforts there.
Did you know that Dr. Wright’s career is the basis for the IMAX Movie currently in theaters, ‘Island of Lemurs: Madagascar?’ CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Wright’s extraordinary experience as a conservationist and in Madagascar.
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