Indianapolis Zoo was awarded the Paw of Approval Award in April 2011 by
International, a polar bear research and conservation
organization. The Zoo has been an Arctic Ambassador for Polar Bears
International since 2010 and was recognized for its efforts in polar bear
conservation through such programs as mycarbonpledge.com and for the Acres
for the Atmosphere tree planting events.
Photo by Daniel J. Cox, polarbearsinternational.org
In addition to receiving the award the Zoo had the honor of presenting a
Paw of Approval award to a local business that is a leader in energy
conservation. We were pleased to present the first annual Paw of
Approval award to
Cummins Inc. at an assembly at Central Middle
School in Columbus, Indiana. Cummins has shown outstanding
leadership in the area of environmental stewardship. Just one facet of
their energy conservation mission that involved more energy efficient
lighting will result in the reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than
3,500 metric tons.
international jury of conservationists selected Dr. Steven C.
Amstrup, senior scientist of Polar Bears International, as the
winner of the 2012 Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award
for animal conservation. Dr. Amstrup's efforts on behalf
of saving these endangered animals are legendary, and this award
will help him spread the word on what we all can do to protect
the habitat polar bears need to survive. Photo by Matt