The Indianapolis Zoo plans to open an international center devoted to saving threatened species, an effort that zoo officials call a natural extension of their biennial Indianapolis Prize honoring animal conservation leaders.
The Global Center for Species Survival is expected to open next year and employ a team of nine Indianapolis-based experts who will work with more than 9,000 wildlife experts worldwide to save threatened species.
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The zoo has received a $4 million startup grant from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the fledgling center. Rob Shumaker, president of the zoo, said the center also aims to assist researchers with their work, including fundraising, talking to policy makers and crafting social media campaigns.
"It's no exaggeration to say that every significant conservation project in the world will be touched by the Global Center for Species Survival," Shumaker said in written remarks.
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The center is a collaboration between the zoo and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Species Survival Commission, or IUCN. The zoo and IUCN signed a deal Monday to establish the center during a commission...
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