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And the Winner Is…

After an exciting online poll, the winner of this year’s ‘David Shepherd Conservation Award’ has been announced as Surenkhuu Luvsan from the Snow Leopard Trust in Mongolia.

More than 3,000 people voted in the competition to find the ‘Conservation Champion 2018′ and the winner was announced at David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Winter Wildlife Ball in London last Friday.

Surenkhuu was among five short-listed finalists nominated for the award by the DSWF funded projects they work for. Watch her reaction to the news of her award win:

The result was announced at the ball by Georgina Lamb, DSWF’s Head of Programmes and Policy and David Shepherd’s granddaughter.

“Surenkhuu has worked tirelessly for the last 18 years campaigning for snow leopards and their habitats on behalf her community and has been a leading voice in the creation and expansion of national parks and in preservation campaigns to protect key snow leopard habitat,” she said.

“A huge thank-you to all the projects that submitted incredible nominees, all of whom are our conservation champions and of course to our wonderful supporters who voted.”

This year’s £1,000 ‘Conservation Champion Award’ prize was generously sponsored by Helen Clifford in memory of her father Frank Clifford, who was a great admirer of David Shepherd’s work and loved wildlife.

The ‘David Shepherd Conservation Award’ was launched last year in memory of our Founder, David, to commend remarkable contributions to conservation.

Well done to Surenkhuu and to all of our nominees who will receive special certificates and letters to congratulate them on their valuable contribution to conservation.

For more news and photographs from our Winter Wildlife Ball click here. To find out about our work to save endangered snow leopards visit our species page here.

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