The national Animal Hero Awards are given out to individuals and teams who have shown outstanding commitment to improving the lives of animals. A joint collaboration with the RSPCA and The Daily Mirror, the Awards recognise and celebrate the most inspiring examples of bravery, dedication and resilience in the world.
The Conservationist of the Year category highlights individuals or teams working to conserve animals anywhere in the world. Taking home the top prize for this year was Jemima Parry-Jones, Director of the International Centre for Birds of Prey. Jemima has been recognised for her commitment and dedication to vulture conservation. Her work began in India in 1999 when the dramatic population decline of the Asian vulture population was first recognised. She has been deeply involved since then to help establish the causes of their decline, and to build and to maintain the conservation and breeding programme for the species. Currently, it is estimated that population has crashed by as much as 99%!
On winning the award, Jemima said: "'Winning the Animal Heroes Award was amazing. To have it recognised by other people is very special, and most of all it helps highlight the work we are doing.”
We would like to congratulate Jemima on winning this award, she is an inspiration to the whole BIAZA community and her commitment to the cause is unwavering.
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