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Banovich Wildscapes Foundation and Southeastern Wildlife Exposition present
AWARD for CONSERVATION EXCELLENCE (ACE)
sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, the Cabela Family Foundation & Bass Pro Shops
February 14, 2018, Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC

Banovich Wildscapes is pleased to announce that the scientific team of  Dr. Nyawira Muthiga and Dr.Tim McClanahan have been awarded the $100,000  2018 Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE). Along with the other four finalists Dr. Joel Berger and Dr. Ullas Karanth, Dr. George Archibald and Dr. David Macdonald, Muthiga and McClanahan were selected from among over 40 applicants.

For the first time in decades, the ACE event brought together those from the hunter/sportsman conservation world and the non-hunting environmental/conservation world and academia.  Banovich Wildscapes Foundation believes that the ACE created an awareness of the need for everyone to work together to protect and preserve the earth’s wild places and wildlife.

ACE recipients were named and presented at a premier gala ceremony with distinguished speakers, celebrity presenters and the incredible animals from the Columbus Zoo and Busch Wildlife.  The event was held at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC during the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

The Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE) was created to recognize the extraordinary contributions made to wildlife conservation by the world’s leading scientists.  The ACE is intended to become the most significant award in the conservation arena.

Tim McClanahan, Ph.D ( WCS Senior Conservation Zoologist ) & Nyawira Muthiga, Ph.D (Director of WCS Marine Program in Kenya)
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Dr. Tim McClanahan and Dr. Nyawira Muthiga are coral reef ecologists and conservationists who have worked in coastal Kenya, East Africa, the Western Indian Ocean and around the world for more than 30 years.  They were founders of WCS’s Coral Reef programs and catalyzed the development of coral reef research and conservation programs in Kenya, Belize, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Fiji, and smaller more temporary field programs in other countries, including Tanzania and Mozambique.
They have pushed the frontiers of coral reef science and understanding of key management needs for developing sustainable relationships between people and coral reefs. Their years of study have uncovered the natural and human disturbances that impact reef fish and habitats and the rates of recovery under different fisheries management systems. As leading coral reef scientists, they have published more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, comprising influential studies on the impacts of fishing and the alteration of ecological food webs, tourism, sedimentation, climate change and coral bleaching, and the importance of managing gears for sustainable fishing and marine parks for conservation.

 

To achieve meaningful and enduring conservation, Tim and Nyawira work closely with local communities to implement agreeable conservation solutions that build the capacity for co-management by strengthening the adaptive capacity of local governance, decision-making and increasing incomes of fishers by understanding of social, economic, and ecological processes. In addition to sitting on numerous national and regional conservation boards, their mentorship and leadership have shaped the careers of dozens of local scientists and international scholars, with a particular emphasis on mentoring students and managers in the applied marine sciences and management of Western Indian Ocean coral reefs.

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ABOUT THE AWARD FOR CONSERVATION EXCELLENCE (ACE)

The mission of the ACE is to honor and appreciate a legacy of conservation through recognition of men and women who share their passion to conserve the great outdoors, and have made extraordinary contributions to the sustainability of nature and wildlife. The Award recognizes a conservationist’s long-term commitment to making our planet a better place, and empower people in both local and international communities to advance wildlife conservation. The ACE is intended to become the most significant award in the conservation arena.
www.awardforconservationexcellence.org

ABOUT BANOVICH WILDSCAPES FOUNDATION: 

The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3) organization fostering cooperative efforts to conserve the earth's wildlife and  wild places benefiting the wildlife and the people that live there.  BWF supports a total of twelve projects in seven countries. A portion of the sale of Banovich limited edition giclée canvases and Wild  Accents benefit the foundation.  Founded in 2007 by John Banovich, BWF is the culmination of tireless conservation efforts over the past two decades. Through his     career as  an artist, Banovich has inspired a deeper understanding of the world and its wildlife, encouraging successful conservation efforts and awareness of  endangered species and  their habitats. Traveling across the  world seeking inspiration for  his work, Banovich has utilized these opportunities to research wildlife and to learn about associated conservation challenges at the local, regional, and national levels. Through his career, artwork and his publishing company, Banovich Art, Banovich has developed effective ways to help implement and support conservation programs and is utilizing his imagery to promote a message of wildlife preservation and to initiate real change - BWF is making a difference.
www.banovichwildscapesfoundation.org

 

NOMINEES

George Archibald, PhD. (United States)
Co-Founder & Senior Conservationist, International Crane Foundation
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/2v1HOhMj5vU

Joel Berger, PhD (United States)
Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/perZm36TR8s

K. Ullas Karanth,Ph.D,F.A.Sc. (India)
Director for Science-Asia for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/vvMHFnYCSh4

David Macdonald, PhD (United Kingdom)
Founder & Director of WildCRU, Zoology, University of Oxford, The Recanati-Kaplan Centre
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Td4nbvC7l94

Timothy McClanahan, PhD & Nyawira Muthiga, PhD (Kenya)
Founders, Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Coral Reef program
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/b50OwcoggaI

SPEAKERS

 

SECRETARY RYAN K. ZINKE

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

ROB KECK

DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION, BASS PRO

SPEAKER

SHANE MAHONEY

CONSERVATIONIST, WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST & CEO, CONSERVATION VISIONS, INC.

SPEAKER

JOHN ROBINSON

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CONSERVATION & SCIENCE, & CHIEF CONSERVATIONIST OFFICER, WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY (WCS)

SPEAKER

 

PRESENTERS

 

CHARLES MOSS DUKE, JR.

ASTRONAUT, APOLLO 16 & BRIGADIER GENERAL USAF (RET)

 

JEFF FOXWORTHY

COMEDIAN, ACTOR, AUTHOR

JACK HANNA

DIRECTOR EMERITUS, COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM

RICKY SCHRODER

ACTOR, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR


JUDGES

 

Mary Cabela

Co-Founder, Cabelas

Frank Lance Craighead, PhD

Executive Director, Craighead Institute

Julian Fennessy, PhD

Director & Co-Founder, Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Mike Finley

Philanthropic Advisor to the Chairman, President Emeritus-Turner Foundation

Harry Greene, PhD.

Professor Emeritus; Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow; Faculty Curator of Herpetology, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates

Jack Hanna

Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Conservationist

Maruice Hornocker, PhD

Hornocker Wildlife Institute, Director

Luke Hunter, PhD

President and Chief Conservation Officer, Panthera

Deborah Jensen, PhD.

Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition & Executive Committee, Board Chair

Kate Kendall

Emeritus Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Tim O'Brien, PhD

Senior Scientist & Biostatistician, Conservation Measures Wildlife Conservation Society

John Seidensticker, PhD

Emeritus Scientist, Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Theresa Sowry

Director of the Southern African Wildlife College

Ron Thomson

Founding Member & CEO, True Green Alliance

John Banovich

Artist, Founder & CEO, Banovich Wildscapes Foundation

 

 

SPONSORS

 

Award Sponsors

Cabela Family Foundation

Cabela's Outdoor Fund

Bass Pro Shop

 

Presenting Sponsors

Banovich Wildscapes Foundation

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Ivan Carter Wildlife Conservation Alliance

 

Gold Sponsor

Behring Global Education Foundation

Hunter Legacy Endowment Fund

KPMG

Weatherby Foundation International

WildLife Partners

Victoria Zoellner

 

Silver Sponsor

Homann’s Africa

Dallas Safari Club

DeGroote Financial Group

Eyes on You Safaris

Rick Warren Wildlife Gallery

LINKS
Video Clip-Event: vimeo.com/256016941
ABOUT:  http://www.wildscapesfoundation.org/ace-award/about
JUDGES: http://www.wildscapesfoundation.org/ace-award/judges
NOMINEES & CONSERVATION HEROES: http://www.wildscapesfoundation.org/ace-award/conservation-heroes/c/ace-award-nominees


VIEW CEREMONY PHOTOS AND PRESS RELEASE
Click LINK to view 2018 Ceremony Photos and Press Release-YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING USERNAME AND PASSWORD
Username: ACE Award
Password: ACE

 

"The Award for Conservation Excellence brings a critical focus to the world’s dedicated conservationists, and the common ground shared by sportsmen and conservationists. Historically, responsible hunters and fishermen were the first conservationists in all cultures around the world, and today responsible sportsmen contribute significantly to game and fish management and research. This award honors the basic science and conservation upon which modern wildlife management is based. When sportsmen, scientists, and conservationists act together we comprise an enormous constituency that can protect public lands, habitat, and fish and wildlife populations."  Dr. Frank Lance Craighead, Craighead Institute