It’s #InternationalWomensDay! There are so many amazing woman championing the rights and welfare of animals, it’s hard to pick out just a few! But we want to recognise some of them, those that have, and continue to truly inspire us at Wild Welfare as we continue our journey.
Jenny Gray is the CEO of Zoos Victoria and the current President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Jenny is an advocate for ‘thinking outside the box’ and the author of Zoo Ethics: The Challenges of Compassionate Conservation. Jenny constantly challenges ethical and welfare norms in the captive environment, and is a friend and supporter of Wild Welfare. We continue to be inspired by her dedication to zoos, conservation and animal welfare.
Karen Fifield has worked in zoos since 1991 and is currently Chief Executive of Wellington Zoo Trust. Karen is a strong advocate for challenging welfare norms in zoos and aquariums and a huge supporter of Wild Welfare. Her passion is not just within the confines of zoos, and, amongst many other roles, she is also a representative on the NZ Animal Behaviour and Welfare Consultative Committee. We are proud to call Karen a friend and fellow animal welfare champion!
Animals Asia founder, Jill Robinson, is a constant source of inspiration for many people, with her utter dedication and commitment (often in the face of adversity!) to ending the bear bile trade in Southeast Asia. Animals Asia are fantastic partners of Wild Welfare and we want to thank Jill and her team for their continued support and friendship!
Pat Simmons is the Director and CEO of the North Carolina Zoo and a member of the Council for the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). She also serves as a Commissioner on the Accreditation Commission of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Among many other honors, Pat received a Humanitarian Award for her efforts in the minority community in 2003. Pat is a supporter of Wild Welfare, and her steadfast and methodical approach to solving problems has helped us drive forward our initiatives. We are proud to call her our friend and advocate.