Durrell Scientist Nominated for Top Prize

Durrell's Chief Scientist, Professor Carl Jones has been nominated for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize for his outstanding work in animal conservation.

He is among 28 nominees for the 2016 prize, which is recognised as the world's leading award in wildlife conservation.

Professor Jones, who is also the Scientific Director of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, has worked for more than 30 years to restore the wildlife of the Mascarene Islands. His dedication and hard work have helped save eight species, including the Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon and echo parakeet from almost certain extinction.

Lee Durrell, Honorary Director of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, says: "Without a doubt Carl Jones is a shining star in Durrell’s impressive conservation team. Not only has he saved many species from extinction, he has pioneered Durrell’s approach and methods, which make us one of the most successful wildlife conservation organisations in the world. I am thrilled that Carl has been nominated once again for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize."

This is the third time Professor Jones has been nominated for the Indianapolis Prize, and was a finalist in 2012 and 2014. Watch the video from last year's gala to find out more about his ground-breaking work.

Six finalists will be chosen and honoured at the Indianapolis Prize Gala on 15th October 2016. The winner of the prize will receive a $250,000 cash award.

The nomination follows Carl's inspirational keynote speech to 2,000 conservationists at the International Congress for Conservation Biology earlier in August.