The Whitley Awards for nature conservation have been running for a while.
I approve of it because many of their awards go to people in third world countries who are working hard to conserve wildlife and local communities even though their countries are so poor. (Yeah, makes you think twice about buying Tesco cheapies rather than paying a few pennies more for conservation-friendly produce..... )
One of the shortlisted candidates is Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, who is into mountain gorillas. She became a wildlife advocate as a teenager in Kampala and started a wildlife club at her school. At 25 she became Uganda's first wildlife veterinary officer.
She discovered that the gorillas could cross-infect people and her group began working with local communities to galvanise them to adopt better health and hygiene, and roping them in to help with surveys and monitoring.
SURVIVAL OF THE PLANET
The survival of our planet depends on people like this, working away in their various corners of the globe.
Anyway check out the Whitley Fund for Nature website http://www.whitleyaward.org/ and see more for yourself.