Philadelphia Zoo Announces Global Conservation Prize Winner

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In celebration of its Sesquicentennial, Philadelphia Zoo has named Denise Rambaldi, Executive Director of the Golden Lion Tamarin Association, the winner of the Zoo’s Gift to the Planet, the inaugural Global Conservation Prize, presented by PECO. Over the next ten years, the prize will annually support a significant portion of Ms. Rambaldi’s work to protect the critically endangered Golden Lion Tamarin in Poço das Antas, Brazil.

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We are delighted to be the presenting sponsor of the Zoo’s new Global Conservation Prize. Through our sponsorship of the PECO Primate Reserve, we have learned about the critical importance of habitat preservation to the survival of endangered primate species. The prize will support the work of conservationists who are dedicated to this effort.

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In celebration of its Sesquicentennial, Philadelphia Zoo has named Denise Rambaldi, Executive Director of the Golden Lion Tamarin Association, the winner of the Zoo’s Gift to the Planet, the inaugural Global Conservation Prize, presented by PECO. Over the next ten years, the prize will annually support a significant portion of Ms. Rambaldi’s work to protect the critically endangered Golden Lion Tamarin in Poço das Antas, Brazil.

Denis O’Brien, PECO President and CEO said, “We are delighted to be the presenting sponsor of the Zoo’s new Global Conservation Prize. Through our sponsorship of the PECO Primate Reserve, we have learned about the critical importance of habitat preservation to the survival of endangered primate species. The prize will support the work of conservationists who are dedicated to this effort.”

In addition to the Global Conservation Prize, Philadelphia Zoo also announced the recipients of two other conservation awards. The Conservationist Impact Award will be given to local and international volunteer and conservationist Douglas C. Walker of Philadelphia. Nyeema Harris, an alumna of the Philadelphia Zoo’s own award-winning Junior Zoo Apprentice Program and current wildlife ecology doctoral student, has been named Emerging Conservation Leader.

All three awards will be presented at the Global Conservation Gala, sponsored by Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, on Thursday March 18 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The event, hosted by ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff, will be the culmination of the Zoo’s 150th anniversary and highlight the significant conservation impact of the Global Conservation Prize.

Throughout its 150th year, The Philadelphia Zoo has expressed its appreciation with its Gifts of Gratitude program. The program has donated 150 admission tickets, family memberships, school visits, and Zoo on Wheels visits to deserving communities and organizations as well as awarded a number of local conservation grants.

About the Philadelphia Zoo:
The Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, the Zoo is currently home to over 1,300 animals from around the world, many rare and endangered. Welcoming more than one million visitors each year from throughout the region and beyond, the Zoo serves children and families as a unique and engaging public resource for wildlife conservation and education. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information or to purchase and print tickets online, visit http://www.philadelphiazoo.org .

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