“Bobby,” as he is commonly known, is the Principal Investigator at the CENPAT Center for the Study of Marine Systems (CESIMAR) and is known for his research and efforts to improve the management of penguin habitats through the establishment of large protected areas including nearly 13 million hectares of coastal and oceanic habitats.
The Indianapolis Prize, also known as the “Nobel Prize in Conservation,” is awarded and rewards to conservationists who have achieved important victories in promoting the sustainability of an animal species or group of species, as in the case of García Borboroglu. with penguins.
“I am very proud and grateful to have been selected as a finalist for the Indianapolis Prize. I see it as recognition of more than 30 years of work in marine science and conservation, primarily focused on penguins. It is a great honor to be the first Argentinean to be a finalist for this award, and I would like to share This joy is with the people of Chubut, where I am trained and live. I am also grateful for the opportunity to be considered by many exceptional conservationists from different countries, and this inspires me to continue my work to protect the oceans and their animals,” said Garcia Purpuroglu.
The CONICET researcher and founder of the International Penguin Society was nominated as a finalist along with Christoph Bosch of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation in Germany. Gerardo Ceballos of the Institute of Ecology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico for his work with tigers; Karen Eckert from the United States of the Caribbean Foundation for Conservation for her work with sea turtles. Beiruti Marie Galdikas of the International Orangutan Foundation in Indonesia; and Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka from Conservation through Public Health for their work with mountain gorillas in Uganda.
The 2023 Indianapolis Award winner will be announced on May 16 in London and will receive the award on September 30 at the Indianapolis Award Ceremony, an event attended by 1,300 people.
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