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Call for nomination for the 2023 WAZA Awards has ended. Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner during the 78th WAZA Annual Conference.
About the Heini Hediger Award
In 1996, WAZA established its highest award for professional excellence, named the Heini Hediger Award in honour of the Swiss biologist known as the “father of zoo biology”.
Only one individual can be honoured in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award might not be given out every year.
|Past recipients of the Heini Hediger Award||Year||WAZA Conference|
|Radosław Ratajszcak, |
Director Emeritus of Zoo Wrocław, Poland
Executive Director Emeritus of Paignton Zoo, United Kingdom
Director of Zoo Leipzig, Germany
Former Executive Director of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), United States of America
Former Director of Sedgwick County Zoo, United States of America
Founder of Parque das Aves, Brazil
Former Director at Houston Zoo, United States of America
Director at Nordens Ark, Sweden
|Anne Marie Baker,|
Former Director at Toledo Zoo, United States of America
Former Executive Director of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), United Kingdom
Director of Zoo Zürich, Switzerland
|Gordon McGregor Reid,|
Former President of WAZA
|Bert de Boer,|
National Foundation for Research in Zoological Gardens
Former Director of The Living Desert, United States of America
Former WAZA Executive Director
Former Director of National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, South Africa
Former Director of Cologne Zoo*, Germany
Secretary and Founder of Zoo Outreach Organisation
|Roger Wheater OBE FRSE FIBiol,|
Former Director of Edinburgh Zoo, United Kingdom
Former President of the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, United States of America
|Jeremy Mallinson OBE,|
Former Director of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey, United Kingdom
President Conservation Breeding Specialist Group of IUCN-SSC
Former President of Brookfield Zoo, United States of America
About the WAZA Conservation Award
In 2016, WAZA established its highest award for institutional commitment towards conservation, named the WAZA Conservation Award.
This award is granted to an institution for an outstanding, comprehensive specific conservation programme that has clear objectives and excellent conservation outcomes.
|Past recipients of the WAZA Conservation Award||Year||WAZA Conference|
|Saint Louis Zoo, United States of America|
WildCare Institute Center for Avian Health in the Galapagos Islands Programme
|Prague Zoo, Czech Republic||2021||Virtual conference|
|Georgia Aquarium, United States of America||2020||Virtual conference|
|Zoo Zürich, Switzerland||2019||Buenos Aires|
|Taronga Zoo, Australia||2018||Bangkok|
|Monterey Bay Aquarium, United States of America||2017||Berlin|
|Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, United Kingdom||2016||Puebla|
About the WAZA Environmental Sustainability Award
In 2018, WAZA established its highest award for institutional commitment towards environmental sustainability, named the WAZA Environmental Sustainability Award.
This award is granted to an institution for outstanding, comprehensive environmental sustainability initiatives that advances its commitment and efforts towards environmental sustainability.
|Past recipients of the WAZA Environmental Sustainability Award||Year||WAZA Conference|
|Marwell Wildlife, United Kingdom||2022||Tenerife|
|North Carolina Zoo, United States of America||2021||Virtual conference|
|Detroit Zoological Society, United States of America||2020||Virtual conference|
|Taronga Zoo, Australia||2019||Buenos Aires|
|Wellington Zoo, New Zealand||2018||Bangkok|
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