- Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:21
- Written by IVN
San Diego, California - Well-known celebrity and television and movie icon, Betty White, was celebrated at a special luncheon today, where she received the San Diego Zoo Global Conservation Medal. The award is an honor bestowed upon those who have made significant efforts on behalf of endangered species and their habitats. Betty White was chosen for her support of zoos and wildlife organizations around the world.
Betty White's interest in animals began at a young age and has been a passion of hers throughout her star-studded career. In addition to her work in television, she has worked to raise awareness and funds for zoos, animal rescue programs and wildlife conservation centers.
"Betty White has worked to support the Morris Animal Foundation for more than 40 years, traveling all over the country to spread the word," said Joan Embery, conservation ambassador for San Diego Zoo Global and a co-recipient with her husband, Duane Pillsbury, of the 2011 Conservation Medal. "I am really amazed at her efforts and dedication."
The San Diego Zoo Global Conservation Medal has a long history of recognizing significant efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. In past years, the Zoo has honored Jane Goodall DBE., George Schaller, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, and E.O. Wilson.
The San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy is dedicated to bringing endangered species back from the brink of extinction. The Conservancy makes possible the wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) of the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, and international field programs in more than 35 countries. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.