A biologist from Mar del Plata won the 9th Indianapolis Prize for his work in the investigation, care and conservation of penguins, a prize considered the “Nobel” of animal conservation.
It is Juan Pablo García Borboroglu, a researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), who was chosen as the 2023 winner of the above prize, the main award for animal protection in the world. The announcement took place in the City of London, where the biologist was named along with five experts from different parts of the world.
García Borboroglu is a CONICET Researcher at the Center for the Study of Marine Systems (CESIMAR) at CCT CONICET-CENPAT and has spent more than three decades studying penguins and leading conservation efforts on four continents. In 2009, he founded the non-governmental organization (NGO) Global Penguin Society, where he currently serves as the President.
That institution protected 32 million acres of marine and terrestrial penguin habitat. By understanding breeding, feeding and migration, your team can better understand the habitat needs of the species, leading to better conservation of penguin populations.
“I am incredibly honored and grateful to be named the winner of the 2023 Indianapolis Prize. This prestigious award will play an important role in efforts to protect penguins and their habitat,” said Dr. Pablo Borboroglu. Penguins face unprecedented threats that require massive change. Through this award, we hope to inspire and encourage people around the world to take decisive action to protect the environment. Only through our collective efforts can we ensure that our environment and its wildlife can thrive. ,
Whereas, the Indianapolis Zoological Society Inc. Dr. Rob Shumaker, President and CEO of Penguin America, said: “Dr. Pablo Borboroglu is responsible for major achievements in understanding penguin behavior and ecology. He has preserved millions of acres of critical penguin habitat, which is an amazing achievement. That animal is a powerful, optimistic and expert voice for conservation and is highly deserving of this year’s Indianapolis Award.”
As the winner of the “Nobel for Conservation”, the Argentine researcher will receive $250,000, the world’s largest monetary prize to support conservationists, at a ceremony on September 30 in the city. of Indianapolis, United States of America.