Saint Louis Zoo Presents 4 Major Awards

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Saint Louis Zoo Presents Four Major Awards

Nov 16, 2010


Saint Louis Zoo 314/781-0900
Janet Powell, ext. 4633
Christy Childs, ext. 4639; Joanna Bender, ext. 4703

The Saint Louis Zoo has presented Patricia Majluf (pronounced mah-LOOF), Ph.D., Director of the Center for Environmental Sustainability in Lima, Peru, with the 2010 Saint Louis Zoo Conservation Award. The Zoo also presented three Saint Louis Zoo Awards to outstanding community leaders at its annual Marlin Perkins Society dinner in November.

Conservation Award

Patricia Majluf’s research subjects have included sea lions, fur seals and Humboldt penguins. She is specifically interested in the much broader field of protecting the Peruvian marine ecosystem, focusing on the Peruvian fisheries system and environmental sustainability. Recently, her efforts have resulted in the inclusion of Punta San Juan and 32 additional coastal ecosystems into the Peruvian National System of Protected Areas.

Majluf also serves as Director of the Conservation Biology Unit of Cayetano Herdia University in Lima, Peru. She has collaborated with the Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute since 2004 as a Conservation Fellow for the Center for the Conservation of the Humboldt Penguin in Punta San Juan, Peru.

She received her bachelor’s of science degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima and went on to receive her Ph.D. from University of Cambridge, England. Her research there focused on the reproductive ecology of female South American fur seals in Punta San Juan. She has completed post-doctoral research at both Cambridge University and the Smithsonian Institution (National Zoo) and has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society (New York) as an Associate Conservation Zoologist in Peru.

Individual Award

Receiving the Individual Saint Louis Zoo Award was Sonya “Sunny” Glassberg, a generous contributor to the Zoo and numerous other St. Louis organizations. Glassberg’s recent gift to the Zoo’s “The Living Promise Campaign” will be recognized at the new Myron Glassberg Family Maintenance Facility, named in memory of her late husband. She has also been a longtime supporter of the Marlin Perkins Society and the Zoo’s WildCare Institute.

Corporate Award

Drury Hotels Company received the Saint Louis Zoo Corporate Award. Drury Hotels and the Drury Family have been involved with the Zoo for more than 15 years with major gifts to River’s Edge and Cypress Swamp exhibits, and support of ZOOFARI and A Zoo Ado fundraisers. They provided additional marketing support as the Zoo’s official hotel partner for a five-year period, allowing the Zoo to expand its reach both inside and outside of the St. Louis metro area.

Foundation Award

The Edison Family Foundation and Harry Edison Foundation received the Saint Louis Zoo Foundation Award for its support of the Zoo and the entire St. Louis community including the Missouri Botanical Garden, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and Washington University. They recently pledged $250,000 to “The Living Promise Campaign” to be recognized at Sea Lion Sound, the Zoo’s new sea lion habitat and arena under construction.


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