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On April 28th nearly 300 guests gathered at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City to honour five women and present them with WINGS WorldQuest Women of Discovery Awards, which celebrate and support the ground-breaking work of current women explorers and scientists. And one of these women was our Lion Guardians’ Director, Leela Hazzah!

Leela won the Field Research Award for her work in Kenya’s Maasailand, where she started the Lion Guardians program. Here are the winning women, who were awarded in the following categories: Earth, Sea, Air & Space, Humanity, Courage, Field Research and Lifetime Achievement.

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The evening was led by Bertha Coombs of CNBC and Leela’s award was presented to her by actor Anthony Edwards.

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The other winners were Aparajita Datta who has discovered new mammal species and monitors threatened wildlife with local communities in northeast India, Rosaly Lopes who has led the NASA teams exploring Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io, where she discovered 71 new active volcanoes, Bolortsetseg Minjin, a Mongolian paleontologists who has been credited with spectacular finds of dinosaur fossils in the Gobi Desert and Maya Tolstoy, a marine geophysicist who researches mid-ocean ridge earthquakes and their impacts on life forms. 

Congratulations to all of you!

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  • paula
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    CONGRATULATIONS LEELA, this is fantastic News!

  • Anna M
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    Well done, great achievement!

  • sauwah
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    congrats! how wonderful! she has earned it!

  • Charles Alexander
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    Way to go Leela! Wonderful news. Thank you for all of your hard work! A richly deserved award.

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