Susannah York, Stefanie Powers and Miranda Richardson Embrace Zoo Award To Claudine André

Tue, 11/25/2008 - 9:41 PM

By Kim Riley

Twycross, UK - Three highly prestigious and internationally renowned actresses, Susannah York, Stefanie Powers and Miranda Richardson, will attend the inaugural reception of the first ever Badham-Evans Award for Women’s Commitment to Wildlife at the House of Lords on 26th November 2008.

This award was created in honor of Miss Molly Badham and Miss Nathalie Evans – the founder members of the East Midland Zoological Society (EMZS) at Twycross Zoo, who dedicated their lives to the care of animals both at Twycross and in the wild. Because of their dedication, Twycross is now the largest collection of primate species and subspecies in the western world. This award will honor women who have also committed their lives to caring for and saving wildlife worldwide. Our charity feels women’s contribution in this field has been historically under recognized.

Claudine André, the founder of Lola Ya Bonobo in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), will be the recipient of the award. Claudine has lived through many years of civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) tirelessly raising awareness for the bonobos ensuring the protection of their future. The land that the sanctuary now stands on was purchased by Claudine and her husband in 2002.  Over the last 6 years it has grown into the 75 acre sanctuary that it is today.  During this time Claudine has shown true dedication and has worked unsalaried since she began.   

Oscar nominee, Golden Globe award winner, BFA award winning British actress and children’s author, Susannah York is a passionate supporter of wildlife and many other causes. Miss York said, “Make love, not war' is surely the Bonobos' credo!  Among the most endearing and threatened of our species, the Bonobo is also our closest living relative containing 99.6% of similar DNA, but is one of the least known - Claudine's commitment to their continuance and the way she goes on fighting for them is heroic.”

Five time Golden Globe nominee and passionate wildlife conservationist activist, Stefanie Powers said, “This remarkable lady, Claudine Andre, is an inspiration to us all and a monument to true dedication in the cause of saving our fellow creatures.  Particularly in her outstanding career is her work with one of man's closest relatives, the Bonobo.  She is a true hero of conservation”. 

Oscar and Laurence Olivier Award nominee, Miranda Richardson said, “Claudine’s dedication to these animals is remarkable, it is now our responsibility to join her efforts”.

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