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Earth Heroes Awards 2012
Lifetime Service Award – Belinda Wright
LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD Belinda Wright has dedicated her life to wildlife conservation, not just in her capacity as Founder and Executive Director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), but because of her own drive and volition. She has pioneered investigations into the illegal wildlife trade in India, Nepal, Bhutan and China. She has helped to expose the trade in shahtoosh and its connection with the tiger bone trade, by tracking tiger skins from India, to the Tibetan plateau. She has also worked to stop the slaughter of sea turtles off the coast of Orissa and has investigated the poaching and electrocution of wild elephants. Workshops and training sessions conducted by her and by WPSI for the benefit of customs and police officials have helped raise the quality bar and performance of several enforcement agencies.