Animal Kingdom Biologist Nominated for Conservation Award

Anne Savage, Ph.D., a senior conservation biologist with Disney's Animal Kingdom, has been nominated for the Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation.

The prize comes about every two years and is awarded to one who has spent a lifetime saving endangered species. Currently, there are twenty-nine nominees, and in the spring of 2012, the Prize nominating committee will choose six finalists from that group. From those six, a jury will decide the winner. Look for that decision come mid-2012.

Along with being honored at a dinner next September, the winner of the Indianapolis Prize will take home $100,000 and the Lily Medal.

Among Anne's work is her dedication to the presevation of the cotton-top tamarin, an endangered monkey found in Colombia. She has helped establish "Day of the Cotton-Top" and make it a holiday in Colombia. Closer to home, guests at Walt Disney World can see Anne and her colleagues at the Animal Kingdom's Wildlife Tracking Station within Conservation Station.

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