National Geographic Explorer Receives San Diego Zoo Conservation Award


National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence J. Michael Fay received the San Diego Zoo’s Conservation Medal Lifetime Achievement Award on February 5, 2009. In the photo, from left to right, are San Diego Zoo Conservation Ambassador Joan Embery, San Diego Zoo Director of Conservation and Research Allison Alberts, J. Michael Fay, San Diego Zoo Chief Executive Officer Douglas Myers, and San Diego Zoo President Berit Durler.

Addressing the Zoo’s annual conference, Fay said only about three percent of California’s old-growth redwood trees remain. “In this 21st century is it possible to satisfy the needs of commerce and reverse the worldwide trend of forest liquidation,” he asked. California “has taken the lead in protecting the environment from green house gases and it can take the lead in protecting redwoods as well,” he said.

Fay recently completed a transect of California’s redwood forests. An article about his walk will be published in National Geographic magazine later this year.

Photo courtesy San Diego Zoo

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