American Humane Presents Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, with the Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize for Species Conservation

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Kiessling Prize Ceremony 2022

Kiessling Prize recipient Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez, American Humane CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, Wolfgang Kiessling, and Brigitte Kiessling at the Kiessling Prize ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Kiessling Prize recipient Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez, American Humane CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, Wolfgang Kiessling, and Brigitte Kiessling at the Kiessling Prize ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Kiessling Prize Ceremony 2022

American Humane board member and retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Tom Kearney and American Humane CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert present Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez with the inaugural Kiessling Prize in Washington, D.C.
American Humane board member and retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Tom Kearney and American Humane CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert present Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez with the inaugural Kiessling Prize in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare practices, awarded Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, with the inaugural Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize for Species Conservation on June 24th in Washington, D.C.

The award, created in honor of Wolfgang F. Kiessling, the founder of Loro Parque and a globally acknowledged leader in the conservation space, is the world’s leading honor for conservation and recognizes those who achieve significant positive change in the field of conservation practice, theory and research.

“Dr. Rodríguez has spent a lifetime fighting for the preservation of the legacy of life on Earth and spearheads what may well be the world’s most effective coordinated effort to save endangered species, draw attention and public support to the cause of species survival, and push back the terrible tide of extinction,” said American Humane president and CEO, Dr. Robin Ganzert. “His life’s work has been – literally – to save the world.”

Dr. Rodríguez was selected from a pool of dozens of candidates representing 16 countries across five continents who lead conservation projects that span the globe in virtually every aspect of conservation.

“We want to recognize the leading conservation scientists who are making significant changes in the fields of conservation and species preservation,” said Mr. Kiessling. “We had remarkable candidates and each one of them receives our greatest respect and admiration for their tireless work in protecting the wildlife of our planet.”

The recognition comes with a grant of US $80,000 to further Dr. Rodríguez’s work to make significant contributions to the practical application, research and theory of species protection. The award was presented during a special ceremony in the nation’s capital drawing attendees from all over the world. Distinguished guests included Wolfgang F. Kiessling and his family, American Humane board members retired USMC Colonel Scott Campbell and retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Tom Kearney, and members of the global conservation community.

To learn more about American Humane’s vital work in preserving and protecting the world’s magnificent and endangered species, visit https://www.AmericanHumane.org/Conservation.

“We know how to do conservation, we just need to do more of it,” Dr. Rodríguez said. “Much more money is spent on destroying nature than on protecting it. If we let nature recover, she will come back. With these efforts we plan to tip the balance slightly in favor of species and ecosystems, and let them do their job in reversing declining biodiversity trends.”

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