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FZS Project Leaders Ed Sayer and Claire Lewis awarded with German Bruno H. Schubert-Prize

The Bruno H. Schubert Prize honours outstanding achievements in the area of research and nature conservation. This year, two FZS employees are among the awardees.

Ed Sayer, Claire Lewis and daugther Tabitha
Ed Sayer, Claire Lewis and daugther Tabitha

Frankfurt am Main, 24 October 2016 – This evening, the Bruno H. Schubert-Foundation will present its Bruno H. Schubert-Award at Frankfurt Zoo. In category 2, Ed Sayer and Claire Lewis, FZS project leaders in Zambia, receive the award.


FZS is particularly pleased with the decision to award Sayer and Lewis, who are honoured for their tireless efforts to protect the North Luangwa ecosystem in Zambia.


For more than nine years, both have put their lives at the service of this conservation programme for an ecosystem of outstanding biological diversity. Thanks to a complex reintroduction programme, North Luangwa is home to the country’s only population of black rhinos and an important stronghold for elephants.


Due to the commitment of Ed Sayer and Claire Lewis the protected area is largely spared from poaching. The couple, together with their three children, a 7 year old daughter and 4 year old twins, live in the midst of the wilderness of the North Luangwa National Park.

The FZS congratulates all awardees

Pedro Gamboa Moquillaza

They share the prize in this category with Pedro Gamboa Moquillaza, Director of the Peruvian nature conservation authority SERNANP. Pedro Gamboa is honoured for his outstanding personal commitment for institutional and practical conservation in Peru. Peru is among the countries with an exceptionally rich habitat and species diversity.


Gamboa has been active in nature conservation in Peru for more than 20 years. Under his leadership, the protected areas have been expanded to now 17 percent of the country's land area. FZS has worked closely and in trusting cooperation with Gamboa and the nature conservation authority SERNANP for many years.


With a prize money of 70,000 euros, the Bruno H. Schubert-Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Frankfurt, honours scientific achievements and their practical implementation in the field of conservation and environmental protection in three categories every two years.