The James A. Waight Award for Conservation was presented yesterday via a virtual ceremony. The recipient, Celso Poot, was awarded for his outstanding work in the protection and enhancement of Belize’s natural environment. Poot is the Operations Manager at the Belize Zoo, and is also the founder of the Belize Tapir Project. He is the 35th recipient of this award, named in honour of James A. Waight, founder of the Belize Audubon Society. Poot was nominated for the award by his colleague and friend, Jamal Andrewin-Bohn, who highlighted Mr. Poot’s long career in conservation, both through his work in education and management at The Belize Zoo, and his groundbreaking research work and conservation of the Central American Tapir through the Belize Tapir Project.
The James A. Waight Award for Conservation was presented yesterday via a virtual ceremony