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Leaders in conservation named finalists for $100,000 award to help animals

April 14, 2010 |  2:48 pm

Snowleopard INDIANAPOLIS — Two leaders in saving big cats in the wild and two champions of sea creatures are among the six finalists for the $100,000 Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation.

The finalists named Tuesday include Snow Leopard Conservancy founder Rodney Jackson, Cheetah Conservation Fund founder and executive director Laurie Marker, Blue Ocean Institute founder Carl Safina, and University of British Columbia seahorse expert Amanda Vincent.

The other two finalists from among 29 nominees are Mexican conservation strategist Gerardo Ceballos and Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the president and chief executive of Save the Elephants.

The winner is expected to be announced in June.

The biennial prize claims to be the world's richest individual award for animal conservation. The 2008 prize went to endangered species expert George Schaller.

-- Associated Press

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Photo: A snow leopard cub is introduced to the public at the L.A. Zoo on Sept. 10, 2009. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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