WAZA Awards

Please click on each category to expand the list of past award recipients.

Call for nomination for the 2024 WAZA Awards will start around mid-May 2024. Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner during the 79th 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

Lee Ehmke
President & CEO, Houston Zoo, United States

2023

San Diego

Radosław Ratajszcak,
Director Emeritus of Zoo Wrocław, Poland

2022

Tenerife

Simon Tonge,
Executive Director Emeritus of Paignton Zoo, United Kingdom

2021

Virtual conference

Jörg Junhold,
Director of Zoo Leipzig, Germany

2020

Virtual conference

Kris Vehrs,
Former Executive Director of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), United States of America

2019

Argentina

Mark Reed,
Former Director of Sedgwick County Zoo, United States of America

2018

Bangkok

Anna Croukamp,
Founder of Parque das Aves, Brazil

2017

Berlin

Rick Barongi,
Former Director at Houston Zoo, United States of America

2016

Puebla

Lena Linden,
Director at Nordens Ark, Sweden

2015

Al Ain

Anne Marie Baker,
Former Director at Toledo Zoo, United States of America

2014

 India

Miranda Stevenson,
Former Executive Director of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), United Kingdom

2013

 USA

Alex Rübel,
Director of Zoo Zürich, Switzerland

2012

 Melbourne

Gordon McGregor Reid,
Former President of WAZA

2011

 Prague

Bert de Boer,
National Foundation for Research in Zoological Gardens

2010

 Cologne

Karen Sausman,
Former Director of The Living Desert, United States of America

2009

 St.Louis

Peter Dollinger,
Former WAZA Executive Director

2008

 Adelaide

Willie Labuschagne,
Former Director of National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, South Africa

2007

 Budapest

Gunther Nogge,
Former Director of Cologne Zoo*, Germany

2006

 Leipzig

Sally Walker,
Secretary and Founder of Zoo Outreach Organisation

2004

 Taipei

Roger Wheater OBE FRSE FIBiol,
Former Director of Edinburgh Zoo, United Kingdom

2001

 Perth

William Conway,
Former President of the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, United States of America

1999

 Pretoria

Jeremy Mallinson OBE,
Former Director of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey, United Kingdom

1998

 Nagoya

Ulysses Seal,
President Conservation Breeding Specialist Group of IUCN-SSC

1996

 Denver

George Rabb,
Former President of Brookfield Zoo, United States of America

1996

 Denver

 

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

Marwell Wildlife, United Kingdom

2023

San Diego

Saint Louis Zoo, United States of America
WildCare Institute Center for Avian Health in the Galapagos Islands Programme

2022

Tenerife

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

Loro Parque, Spain

2023

San Diego

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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