Dr. Amanda Vincent is one of six finalists for prestigious Indianapolis Prize
Our director, Dr. Amanda Vincent, was a finalist for the world’s leading award for animal conservation! In recognition of her pioneering work to protect seahorses and their habitats, Amanda joined five other ‘conservation heroes’ on the elite final list for the Indianapolis Prize — Dr. Joel Berger, Dr. Dee Boersma, Dr. Rodney Jackson, Dr. Carl Jones and Dr. Carl Safina.
The result was announced in May and Dr Carl Jones was the deserving winner for his work on captive breeding and restoring ecosystems. Congratulations Dr Jones!
The biennial award draws the world's attention to the cause of species conservation and celebrates the women and men who have made extraordinary contributions to the sustainability of wildlife.
“Amanda and the [other finalists] are heroes in many senses of the word. They’ve sacrificed their own self-interests to help others, and they’ve overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles,” says Michael Crowther, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, which administers the Indianapolis Prize as part of its core mission.
Amanda’s conservation career began 30 years ago at the University of Cambridge, where she became the first scientist to study seahorses underwater. In 1994 she uncovered the vast global trade in seahorses, and in 1996, with Dr. Heather Koldewey, she established Project Seahorse.
Over the past two decades Amanda and Project Seahorse have catalyzed landmark global trade protections for these important animals, helped establish 35 marine protected areas in the Philippines, and much more.
“Our world is unquestionably better off because of Dr. Vincent, and we hope others will not only take notice of, but also join in her noble work to save wild things and wild places,” Crowther says.