VIDEO - John and Chrissie Jackson of Conservation Force accepting the
Ox of Okavango Award
Awarded to John J. Jackson, III and Conservation Force for excellent work to conserve the African Lion, etc.
Honorary Life Membership
John Jackson received The President’s Award for 2008 from the Guide and Outfitters Association of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. during the GOABC’s annual conference. It was awarded for more than a decade of work and commitment on issues from grizzly bear hunting to representation of GOABC at CITES conferences around the world. The inscription on the statue reads: “Against the Wind – President’s Award for 2008. Awarded Annually to Recognize an Outstanding Contribution to Wildlife Stewardship and to the Guide Outfitting Industry in British Columbia.” This is the fourth such award Mr. Jackson has received from a professional hunters association and the second in five months, the last being the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Namibian Professional Hunters Association on the other side of the world. Conservation Force receives support from ten professional hunters associations around the world and partners with many others. That confidence, support and encouragement is rewarding/awarding in itself. We are all a greater force for conservation because of that partnering.
International Statesmen Award
Board of Directors Award
Conservationist of the Year
In late November, John Jackson was honored to receive the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Namibian Professional Hunters Association. This is a very coveted honor awarded to Ministers, Directors of Wildlife and the very top scientists such as Minister Hanno Rumpf, Dr. Malan Lindique, etc. Mr. Jackson is only the second non-Namibian to receive it. The other was Chris Weaver, the Director the 80-conservancy LIFE plus project of WWF. The presentation follows to share the credit with all those many that have supported the efforts in Namibia and for the historical perspective it provides.
Texas Hall of Fame Award
In the past, Dr. Teer has received the prestigious Leopold Medal from The Wildlife Society. He is the retired Chair of the Wildlife Management Department of Texas A&M, where he held the Caesar Kleberg Chair in Wildlife Ecology, retired head of the Wilder Wildlife Foundation, and past president of The Wildlife Society. He cited both Chrissie and I in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech and continues to be part of Conservation Force’s “think tank” of leaders working for you on the Conservation Force Board of Directors.
Dr. Teer has recently published his autobiography It’s a Long Way from Llano – The Journey of a Wildlife Biologist. It is available from Texas A&M University Press in College Station, where he is still professor emeritus of wildlife and fisheries sciences. In the book, Dr. Teer also devotes a chapter, The Great Cats, to his truly epic work on the jaguar, cheetah and leopard. In his autobiography, Dr. Teer cites Conservation Force’s cheetah management plan in Namibia and his work to establish the original Enhancement Compact where licensed hunters pay a sum above other costs exclusively for cheetah conservation, and our work to establish trophy imports. No less extraordinary was his seminal study on the African leopard that was the foundation for its downlisting that permits the U.S. importation of those trophies today. As a Conservation Force Board member he is your champion whether you have known it or not.
Ox of Okavango Award