The Kiessling Prize

“There is simply no higher purpose than that to protect and preserve our world's most precious asset - animal life.” - Wolfgang Kiessling

What is the Kiessling Prize?

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Congratulations to Dr. John Paul Rodríguez

Recipient of the 2022 Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize

The Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize is an annually bestowed global award, dedicated to bringing worldwide attention and support to significant achievements in the field of conservation practice, theory, and research that add substantially to humankind’s efforts and knowledge for the benefit of all life on Earth.

“There is simply no higher purpose than that to protect and preserve our world’s most precious asset – animal life.”
– Wolfgang Kiessling

Read the latest Op-Ed from Dr. Robin Ganzert and Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez on the fight against extinction: 50 years after the Endangered Species Act, our fight against extinctions is only beginning »

How To Apply

Applications submissions are now open through April 15, 2023. Apply Now »

Role of Award Recipient

The Kiessling Prize award recipient will travel to the designated awards ceremonies in the United States and Europe to participate in a presentation of their work and receive the award and grant. The winner will also take part in a major media campaign carrying news of the award and the prize-winning conservation work around the world.

Submission Deadlines

FEBRUARY 15, 2023

Applications Open

APRIL 15, 2023

Applications Close


Winner Announced at International News Event

Selection Committee Members

Wolfgang Kiessling

Christoph Kiessling

Cybell Kiessling

Dr. Javier Almunia

Dr. Robin Ganzert

Brad Andrews

Rules & Guidlines

Click the link below for a list of current rules and guidlines

  • Majestic Male Lion
  • Cute Baby Monkey
  • Ruby Throated Hummingbird
  • Blue Whale
  • Sea Turtle
  • Baby Penguins Following Parent