The McKenna-Travers Award for Compassionate Conservation 2022

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Claudio Sillero

Jun 21, 2022, 5:44:53 AM6/21/22

The McKenna-Travers Award for Compassionate Conservation


The 2022 Awards are now open

The £15,000 prize fund provides support and recognition for outstanding individual conservationists who place a high priority on individual animal welfare while carrying out their conservation work.


The application period is now OPEN – the deadline for applications is 2nd August 2022. Born Free supporters will then get the opportunity to vote for their People’s Choice. The winner, judged by a panel including Virginia McKenna and her son Will Travers, will be announced on 17th October, alongside the People's Choice winner.


Compassionate Conservation puts the welfare of individual animals at the heart of effective conservation actions.


The McKenna-Travers Award for Compassionate Conservation (MTA) is named in honour of Virginia McKenna OBE, her late husband Bill Travers MBE, and their eldest son, Will Travers OBE, who co-founded the charity that became Born Free in 1984.


The Award will not only raise the professional profile of the winner but confers a substantial project grant worth £10,000 over one year to help the winner implement their compassionate conservation agenda, while the recipient of the People’s Choice award will receive £5,000 for their project.



Please visit for the eligibility criteria, and to download the application form and guidance notes.

Claudio Sillero

Jul 26, 2022, 5:11:51 AM7/26/22
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