American Humane presents Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, with the Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize for Species Conservation

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Washington, DC, June 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — American Humane, the nation’s first national humanitarian organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare practices, has awarded Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chairman of the Commission of IUCN Species Survival, the inaugural Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize for Species Conservation on June 24 in Washington, D.C.

The award, created in honor of Wolfgang F. Kiessling, the founder of Loro Parque and a globally recognized leader in the field of conservation, is the world’s highest honor for conservation and recognizes those who achieve significant positive change in the realm of conservation practice, theory and research.

“Dr. Rodríguez has spent his life fighting to preserve the legacy of life on Earth and is spearheading what may well be the world’s most effective coordinated effort to save endangered species. of extinction, to bring public attention and support to the cause of species survival, and to repel the terrible tide of extinction,” said American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. His life’s work has been – literally – to save the world.”

Dr. Rodríguez was selected from a pool of dozens of applicants representing 16 countries on five continents who lead conservation projects that span the globe in virtually every aspect of conservation.

“We want to recognize leading conservation scientists who are making significant changes in the fields of species conservation and preservation,” said Kiessling. “We had outstanding candidates and each of them receives our utmost respect and admiration for their tireless work in protecting our planet’s wildlife.”

The recognition comes with a grant of US$80,000 to continue the work of Dr. Rodríguez to make significant contributions to the practical application, research and theory of species protection. The award was presented at a special ceremony in the nation’s capital, attracting participants from around the world. Distinguished guests included Wolfgang F. Kiessling and his family, members of the Board of Directors of American Humane, retired USMC Colonel Scott Campbell and retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Tom Kearney, as well as members of the global conservation community.

To learn more about American Humane’s vital work in preserving and protecting the world’s magnificent and endangered species, visit https://www.AmericanHumane.org/Conservation.

“We know how to do conservation, we just need to do more,” Dr. Rodríguez said. “We spend a lot more money destroying nature than protecting it. If we let nature recover, it will come back. Through these efforts, we plan to tip the balance slightly in favor of species and ecosystems, and let them do their job of reversing declining trends in biodiversity.

  • Presentation of the Kiessling Prize 2022

  • Presentation of the Kiessling Prize 2022

Mark Stubis
American Humane
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Source: American Humane

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