Kris Vehrs announced the new Animal Welfare Lifetime Achievement Award. which will honor a person who significantly influences the quality of animals’ lives through long-term personal commitment to the field of animal welfare. The significant contributions can be in the form of animal management, professional development, education, research, and/or exhibit design. Only one recipient can be honored in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award will not be given every year. Information about how to nominate a deserving person for this award will be available soon.
Kris also reminded those gathered about the new SSP Awards first presented at the Midyear meeting in Albuquerque. The 2017 Recipients:
Tawny Frogmouth SSP and
Blue-billed Curassow SSP
The applications and guidelines for the 2018 SSP Awards are here now and are due on December 15, 2017.
Devra Kleiman Scientific Advancement Award
Kathy Carlstead, Ph.D.
Wendy Fisher Award for Professional Excellence
Gary H. Lee, AIA, RLA, Co-Founder and Senior Principal, CLR Design, Inc.
Edward H. Bean Award
International Conservation Award
North American Conservation Award
Exhibit Award - institutional operating budget under $5 million:
Exhibit Award - institutional operating budget over $5 million:
Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award
Education Award - institutional operating budget under $5 million:
Education Award - institutional operating budget over $5 million:
Excellence in Marketing Award - campaign budget less than $175,000
Excellence in Marketing Award - campaign budget more than $175,000
Volunteer Engagement Award
The winning applications from the past few years are available on the individual award pages (with your member login). The winning applications from 2017 will be posted soon.
Feel free to contact Barbara Pueschel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Vice President of Planning & Design and Chief Architect
Wildlife Conservation Society
Chair, Honors and Awards Committee
In 1978, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums established its highest award for professional excellence, named for its first recipient, R. Marlin Perkins. Only one recipient can be honored in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award will not be given every year.
Nominations are accepted year-round and are due no later than December 15th of the year preceding the year in which the award is to be conferred.
In March, 2014, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums established an award to recognize outstanding scientific research contributions to the field(s) of animal management, education, and/or conservation within the AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community. This award, named for its first recipient Devra Kleiman, honors an individual’s long-term commitment to using science-based research and mentoring others to advance the zoo and aquarium profession. Only one recipient can be honored in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award will not be given every year. Nominations for 2017 are due by June 1.
Devra Kleiman Award Nomination Guidelines
Deadline: June 1 annually
The Tim O'Sullivan Award for Professional Development recognizes significant long-term individual achievement and service to AZA members through the AZA Professional Development Program and the AZA Board of Regents.
About the Tim O'Sullivan Award
Deadline: June 1 annually
Commercial Members who have demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, professional excellence and distinguished service to AZA and fellow Commercial Members. The award is named for its first recipient, Wendy Fisher.
Wendy Fisher Award nomination form and guidelines
The AZA Board of Directors has instituted a moratorium on nominations for Honorary Membership while the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors are in the process of evaluating all membership categories.
AZA has created a special membership category to recognize both members and non-members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Candidates should not be working in the zoo or aquarium profession and are elected by the Board of Directors.
List of Honorary Membership recipients