Surbiton High School student Sacha Eyles-Owen last night (Tuesday 27 June) received the prestigious Prince Philip Award from ZSL (Zoological Society of London) in recognition of an outstanding science project with exciting potential for the treatment of equine injuries.
Named in honour of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh – an Honorary Fellow of ZSL and the Society’s President from 1960-1977 – the Prince Philip Prize is designed to recognise pupils under 19 years of age, at schools or sixth form colleges in the UK, for work involving some aspect of animal biology. Among those previously recognised was wildlife broadcaster Chris Packham, commended in 1979 for a study of kestrels in his native Hampshire.
17-year-old Sacha received the prize from ZSL’s current President, Professor Sir John Beddington, in a special presentation ceremony at ZSL London Zoo’s Mappin Pavilion.
Professor Sir John Beddington, said: “HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s support for ZSL over many years has made an invaluable contribution towards our aim of protecting animals and their habitats worldwide – not least through the creation of the Institute of Zoology, our world-class conservation science faculty, during his tenure as President.
“By helping us to recognise the brightest young student conservationists through the Prince Philip Award, which was established in 1961, his legacy of support will continue to inspire future generations to work for wildlife.
“Sacha Eyles-Owen’s project was innovative and demonstrated a true advancement in scientific understanding – it was evaluated by ZSL’s own scientists to be of an incredibly high standard and she is a very deserving recipient of this medal.”
Speaking after collecting the Prince Philip Award and Marsh Prize, winner Sacha Eyles-Owen, said: “I’m really proud to be chosen for this award and it was fantastic to have the chance to receive the prize in person at ZSL London Zoo."
In honour of The Duke’s longstanding contribution to its conservation mission, ZSL has also announced plans to rename its historic library and archive as the Prince Philip Zoological Library and Archive.