Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Honorary Chair Sigourney Weaver has been awarded the prestigious Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award, at the Indianapolis Prize gala on Oct. 15. In her nearly 30 years serving as honorary chair, Weaver has captivated audiences as a voice for gorillas and other wildlife, actively participating in environmental and social causes.
Of course, Weaver is well-known for her role playing Dian Fossey in the movie “Gorillas in the Mist,” which she says brought her into the world of gorillas and conservation.
“I was entrusted with the role of Dian Fossey, now about 30 years ago, and to be given the opportunity to spend so much time with the mountain gorillas, I think it changed my whole perspective and kind of taught me that we were notthe species on the planet but one of many. That is a message that a lot of people haven’t received,” Weaver said of the role that triggered her passion for conservation.
The Indianapolis Prize created the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award to recognize the dedicated advocacy, outreach, and contributions of a very few remarkable men and women who are changing the future by sharing their passion for our planet’s wild wonders with others. Named in honor of award-winning actor and dedicated conservationist Jane Alexander, the “Ambassador” award is given to an individual who supports the natural world by leading others to action and lending a credible, consistent and effective public voice for the sustainability of wildlife.
Sigourney Weaver is only the second person to receive this award. Congratulations from all the staff at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund!