ZSL Science and Conservation Awards

In 2012 ZSL introduced three conservation awards to complement the scientific awards. The three awards are:

  • ZSL Award for Conservation Innovation
  • ZSL Award for Outstanding Contributions to Conservation
  • ZSL Conservationist of the Year Award

For information on nominating candidates for conservation awards, please contact Linda DaVolls linda.davolls@zsl.org

2012 Conservation Award Winners Announced

On September 19th 2013 Rebecca Moore, from Google Earth Outreach, received the ZSL Award for Conservation Innovation and Emmanuel De Merode accepted the ZSL Conservationist of the Year Award on behalf of the Rangers of the Virunga National Park.

ZSL Award for Conservation Innovation

Rebecca Moore joined Google in 2005 where she conceived Google Earth Outreach, which enables non-profit organisations, communities and indigenous peoples to use Google's mapping tools to tackle the world's pressing problems. Rebecca also initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform which supports global-scale data-mining of satellite imagery for societal benefit in areas such as environmental conservation, human rights and sustainability. These innovations provide highly versatile visualisation tools that are used to demonstrate the impact of political, environmental and social issues, to change community and policymaker opinion, and to make a positive impact in the world.

ZSL Conservationist of the Year Award

Emmanuel De Merode on behalf of the Rangers of Virunga National Park

Appointed Director of Virunga National Park in 2008, Emmanuel and his team of dedicated rangers protect 200 mountain gorillas (25% of the world total) and other threatened species in the Park. In addition to brutal civil war and political instability, there is continual threat from poaching and illegal timber extraction. In 2012 Mai Mai rebels attacked a ranger patrol in the Park, killing two rangers and a government soldier. Proliferating activities of armed militias have resulted in a growing number of attacks on staff and over 130 rangers have been killed in Virunga in the past decade, caught in the crossfire between poachers, rebels and the military. Security conditions remain precarious but Emmanuel, the Park rangers and local trackers are committed to their task. Remarkably, the mountain gorilla population has doubled since 1992, making the project in Virunga National Park one of the world’s most successful endangered-species programmes.

ZSL Prince Philip Award and Marsh Prize

For pupils under 19 years of age, of schools or other places of education in the UK, on the basis of an account of practical work involving some aspect of animal biology.

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ZSL Charles Darwin Award and Marsh Prize

Awarded for an outstanding zoological research project, carried out and written by an undergraduate attending a university in the UK.

ZSL Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize

Awarded to postgraduate research biologists attending a University in the UK on the basis of original work submitted as a doctoral thesis.

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ZSL Scientific Medal

Awarded to zoologists with no more than 15 years postdoctoral experience, in recognition of scientific merit.

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ZSL Marsh Award for Conservation Biology

For contributions of fundamental science and its application to the conservation of animal species and habitats.

ZSL Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation

For contributions of fundamental science and its application to the conservation in marine and/or freshwater ecosystems.

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ZSL Frink Medal

For significant and original contributions by a professional zoologist to the development of zoology in the wider applications.

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ZSL Stamford Raffles Award

For distinguished contributions to zoology, open to amateur zoologists or, to a professional zoologist in recognition of contributions which are outside the scope of his professional activities and principal specialisation.

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ZSL Silver Medal

Awarded to a Fellow of the Society or any other person for contributions to the understanding and appreciation of zoology, including such activities as public education in natural history, and wildlife conservation.

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Thomson Reuters/Zoological Record Award for Communicating Zoology

Awarded to an individual for a communication of a zoological nature that has an outstanding impact on a general audience. The means of communication may include a film, a series of films, a book, or an article on any zoological topic. The impact may be measured in terms of outstanding quality, novelty, innovation or accessibility for a wide audience.

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Honorary Fellowship of the Zoological Society of London

Honorary Fellows are eminent and distinguished persons associated with the Society who have, through their scientific work, promoted the objectives of the Society.

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The ZSL Medal

The ZSL Medal is awarded to serving or recently retired staff for a specific outstanding achievement in the service of ZSL, and/or an outstanding contribution over an extended period of time.

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Further information

Please contact the Secretary of the Awards Committee on 020 7449 6272 or email Linda.davolls@zsl.org

ZSL Conservation Awards
Emmanuel De Merode on behalf of the Rangers of Virunga National Park and Rebecca Moore of Google accept ZSL Conservation Awards.