Wild Tomorrow Fund is delighted to announce this 12 months’s Umvikeli Wildlife Protector, Dr Anne Innis Dagg, a trailblazing zoologist, feminist and giraffologist. Dr Anne can be introduced with the award at our Annual Gala in NYC, on November eleventh 2022 at The Edison Ballroom in New York Metropolis. Tickets on sale right here.
Now in its fifth 12 months, Wild Tomorrow Fund’s Umvikeli Wildlife Protector Award is a global award that acknowledges a person or group working tirelessly to guard wildlife and wild areas. The 2022 award to Dr Anne Innis Dagg acknowledges her work deepening understanding of giraffe and different African animal biology and conduct, and her Basis’s give attention to saving habitat for giraffe and all species.
In 1956, Anne as a 23-year-old Canadian biologist, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to change into the primary western researcher to check giraffes within the wild. After returning residence, regardless of her quite a few tutorial accomplishments, Anne skilled unrelenting and insurmountable discrimination as a feminine scientist. Whereas this destroyed her profession and halted the examine of her beloved giraffe, this expertise catalyzed Anne to change into a feminist activist.
In 2010 on the age of 78, she was sought out by giraffologists, and introduced again into the world of giraffe analysis, along with her story subsequently featured within the award-winning 2018 documentary, The Lady Who Loves Giraffes. In a lot delayed recognition of her work, 4 Canadian universities awarded her an Honorary Doctorate. Her work and legacy continues with the Anne Innis Dagg Basis based in 2020, supporting “the habitat and the folks that reside amongst probably the most magnificent creature on the planet, the giraffe”.