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Finalists Announced for Indianapolis Prize
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Indianapolis Prize Award Increased to $250,000 in 2014

Beginning in 2014, the monetary award given to the winner of the Indianapolis Prize increased to $250,000. In addition, each of the five non-winning finalists will receive awards of $10,000 each.

Amstrup Receives Bambi Award

2012 Indianapolis Prize recipient Dr. Steve Amstrup also received a Bambi Award, Germany's top media prize, in recognition of his selfless efforts on behalf of polar bear conservation. Learn more about this honor.

2012 Prize Finalists Share Their Stories

Each of the six finalists for the 2012 Indianapolis Prize have amazing stories about their life's work and what drew them to help save wild things in wild places. Now, watch the stories of Steve AmstrupMarkus BornerRodney JacksonCarl JonesRussell Mittermeier and Patricia Wright on the Indianapolis Zoo's YouTube channel! These beautiful and thought-provoking stories are the same ones shared during the 2012 Gala. See how these six individuals are working daily to save the lives of endangered animals around the globe.

Sit Down for a Conversation with Steven Amstrup

You can now see the recorded program, Can Polar Bears Be Saved: A Conversation with Steven Amstrup, in its entirety, as well as the ability to access educational materials on polar bear conservation and climate change.  Don't miss this remarkable show. Special thanks to Cummins Inc. and The Heritage Group for sponsoring Indianapolis Prize outreach activities.​


​Rodney Jackson Teaches Citizen Science

Stare into the eyes of the world's most elusive cat — the snow leopard. Rodney Jackson of the Snow Leopard Conservancy does it by using camera traps. This three-time Indianapolis Prize finalist is inspiring others to use technology and get to know the wildlife around them. During his first trip to Indianapolis since the 2012 Gala, he led a workshop to teach his techniques for camera trap photography to a group of hobbyists. What he's found is this technology is sparking people's interest in what he calls citizen science

New Gadgets Help Scientists Track Polar Bears

Researchers are going high-tech in their efforts to save polar bears. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are developing a special collar that can be used to track polar bears in the wild and record data about their specific movements. Find out what this means for researchers like Dr. Steven Amstrup and others at Polar Bears International.

Get an Inside Look at the Prize Jury Process

Want to know what it's like to serve on the Indianapolis Prize Jury and help select the winner of the 2012 Prize? Check out this interesting article featuring Moses Okello, from The School for Field Studies Center for Wildlife Management in East Africa, relating his experience as a member of the Jury.

Catch Up With George Schaller

George Schaller, the 2008 Indianapolis Prize recipient, had a busy year in 2012. He continues to travel and even found time to publish a book! Discover what else he's been up to.

Saving the African Elephant

Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the 2010 Indianapolis Prize honoree, is partnering with the Mara Elephant Project to help save the threatened elephants of the Maasi Mara.  The project is supported by the Indianapolis Zoo, among others individuals and organizations. Watch this wonderful video detailing the work being done in Africa by people who are dedicated to the conservation of African elephants.


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