WASHINGTON, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Wildlife Heroes," a book co-authored by International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) DC Office Director, Jeff Flocken, has received top honors in the "Animal" category at the 2012 Green Book Festival competition. The book, which spotlights leading conservationists and their efforts to save wild animals and places, was recognized as one that contributes to greater respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment.
"It is an honor to receive the award and to bring attention to the men and women heroes who are on the frontline of conservation," said Flocken. "I continue to be inspired by their vision, passion, commitment, and of their ability to overcome challenges and create species-saving solutions."
The forty heroes featured in the book have been instrumental in the world's understanding and adoption of critical conservation practices. Among them is Flocken's colleague, Grace Ge Gabriel who opened the IFAW China office and campaigns to thwart the human demand for wildlife and wildlife products. Her work has prevented the needless slaughter of numerous common and exotic animals, and has influenced a new animal welfare and conservation consciousness among the Chinese population. Grace and all of the heroes have dedicated their lives to acting and advocating on behalf of endangered species and threatened habitats to ensure their existence for future generations.
Mr. Flocken, a Kalamazoo, Michigan native, has worked in the wildlife conservation arena for twenty years. He currently leads IFAW's legislative team advocating for US policy initiatives on wildlife conservation and animal welfare, and has worked for the U.S. Government doing species conservation. He has also served as a consultant for various movies, books and television shows addressing wildlife issues and is the co-founder of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders initiative.
"Wildlife Heroes" can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound and local bookstores. All of the authors' proceeds will be donated to the organizations featured in the book.
About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare