Australia Zoo’s Bindi Irwin has put the call out to fellow nature-lovers to nominate for this year’s new Visionary Wildlife Warrior award – and hopes to see some creative entries!
Spreading Steve Irwin’s passion for conservation and wildlife is vital to Bindi, Terri and Robert, who this year will recognise the enthusiasm of one of many young Wildlife Warriors with a new award in Steve’s honour.
The new Visionary Wildlife Warrior award will be presented at the annual Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in November later this year, in recognition of a 5 – 17 year-old that has made a significant contribution to conservation in their local community.
Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin said she was looking forward to seeing some creative nominations, in which young people can enter by submitting a 200-500 word essay or 60 second video outlining their conservation work.
“There are so many positive changes we can all make to help wildlife conservation, whether it’s planting a tree, picking up rubbish or locking pets up at night, every bit counts,” said Bindi.
“It’s so important for young people to be involved in conservation projects because essentially, conservation starts and finishes with us, the next generation is key to a brighter, balanced future for wildlife and people.”
The first Visionary Wildlife Warrior will be selected by Bindi, Terri and Robert in October and will focus on the passion and innovation behind the entries. The winner will then be presented with their award at the annual Steve Irwin Gala Dinner on November 22.
Kids and teenagers who are involved in innovative conservation projects and initiatives in their local community should submit their project at www.wildlifewarriors.org.au.