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Indonesian naturalist nominated for 2018 Indianapolis Prize

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Jakarta  /  Wed, September 20, 2017  /  01:18 pm
Indonesian naturalist nominated for 2018 Indianapolis Prize

An orangutan swings from tree to tree. (JP/N. Adri)

Sri Suci Utami Atmoko, a lecturer at the National University’s School of Biology and biology postgraduate studies, is among the 32 finalists for the 2018 Indianapolis Prize.

According to, the nominees were announced last week and Sri is the only Indonesian on the list.

The Indianapolis Prize is a biennial prize awarded by the Indianapolis Zoo to individuals for "extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts" affecting one or more animal species.

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Sri was said to be one of the most cited Indonesian orangutan researchers. Having studied the reproduction, population and conservation of orangutans for nearly 30 years, Sri was also recognized as a major influencer for orangutan and forest conservation.

Indianapolis Zoo president and CEO said in a press release: “The 2018 Indianapolis Prize Nominees represent many of the most significant and accomplished wildlife conservationists in the field today.”

The 2018 Indianapolis Prize winners will receive the Lilly Medal, a cast bronze medal that reflects the relationship between people and the natural world, and a cash prize of US$250,000. Meanwhile, the remaining finalists get Lilly Medals and $10,000 each. (jes/asw)

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