September 2015: IUCN honours two Saola Working Group members.
At the quadrennial meeting of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC), held in Abu Dhabi in September 2015, IUCN recognized two members of the SWG with conservation awards.
SWG Coordinator William Robichaud was given the Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership, for "his extraordinary leadership in raising global attention for the conservation of the Saola… and building a dedicated network of scientists and practitioners in Laos and Vietnam focused on saving this iconic species."
An SWG founding member, Simon Hedges, was given the SSC Chair's Citation of Excellence for "his huge contributions to SSC’s work on Asian large mammals". Congratulations to them both!
IUCN SSC Chair Simon Stuart (l) awards SWG member Dr. Simon Hedges (r) a Citation of Excellence