Great Apes on the Agenda at 2015 Whitley Awards

01st May 2015 Featured, Press Releases

Critically endangered gorillas and orangutans were highlighted as great ape conservationists from Africa and Asia took honors at the 2015 Whitley Awards, which took place on 29 April 2015 at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Panut Hadisiswoyo of Indonesia received the Whitley Award for Conservation in Ape Habitats in honor of his work to establish a network of ‘conservation villages’ in the tropical rainforests of the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra. Inaoyom Imong received the Whitley Award in honor of his work to protect the Cross River gorilla in Nigeria. Both conservationists received a trophy and a conservation prize worth £35,000 in project funding from HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.

Both Hadisiswoyo and Imong were among the winners of the 1st Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP)-Ian Redmond Conservation Awards.

“GRASP is extremely pleased and proud that Panut Hadisiwoyo and Inaoyom Imong have earned Whitley Awards,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “These brave men have chosen to take a stand and dedicate themselves to the great apes in their respective countries, and they are living proof that an individual can make a difference.”

The GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award is given to dedicated Africans and Asians whose accomplishments can inspire the next generation of conservationists, and encourage young men and women to take an active role in the survival of their great apes. The call for applications for the 2nd GRASP-Ian Redmond award is open until May 15th. To apply, visit