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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
September 18, 2017
Chicago Zoological Society to Honor Recipients at 2017 Conservation Leadership Awards Dinner
     Brookfield, Ill. – The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) will host its 14th annual Conservation Leadership Awards dinner on September 28. During the dinner, three recipients will be honored for their dedicated commitment to conservation and animal welfare. The event, which takes place at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, will benefit conservation, education, and animal programs at Brookfield Zoo.

“We're thrilled to present these awards to two dedicated individuals and an organization that exemplify an immense passion for wildlife,” said Stuart D. Strahl, Ph.D., president & CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society. “Each of them has worked to inspire and cultivate the next generation of conservation leaders while also fostering connections between people and the environment around them. We are proud to honor their achievements.”

The Corwith Hamill Lifetime Achievement Conservation Award is being presented to Howard B. Simpson, Life Trustee of the Chicago Zoological Society and a vital partner to Brookfield Zoo for more than 30 years. From conservation initiatives in Australia to the construction of the Seven Seas Dolphinarium, his leadership and support for the expansion of the Animal Welfare Research program has enabled CZS to develop a top-notch scientific team that is leading the field in animal welfare efforts.

The Edith Rockefeller McCormick Partnership Award will be presented to the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. Kerry Luft, senior vice president for the Foundation, will accept the award on the organization’s behalf. The Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, which is dedicated to conservation leadership and wildlife research, is being honored for its commitment to securing the future of the environment through science, demonstration, education, and communication.

Clive Stockil, chairman of Lowveld Rhino Trust, is receiving the George B. Rabb Conservation Medal. Stockil, known as “one of Africa’s great conservation pioneers,” has been involved with conservation work in Zimbabwe – his native country – for more than 40 years. He was one of the initial driving forces behind protecting Africa’s endangered rhinos. In 1992, he helped to create the Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, a private reserve in the SavĂ© Valley, Zimbabwe, which is now home to one of the largest rhino populations in Africa.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


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