By Dr Alexine Keuroghlian, member of IUCN’s Peccary Specialist Group
I was honoured and flattered to receive the Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership, from IUCN's Species Survival Commission, especially knowing how many wonderful conservation biologists are struggling to make an impact in their region. I wish there could be awards for all of them.
Regionally this recognition promotes our continued efforts to preserve the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), a species that is not necessarily considered cute and cuddly but is threatened in many places in Brazil.
As the Pantanal/Cerrado coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Brazil, our greatest challenges have been to find solutions that prevent further deforestation and encourage rural populations to adopt practices that avoid further habitat loss. To help us reach out to the local community, we teamed up with a popular local woman’s Futsal team who have the white-lipped peccary as their team mascot.
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