Lawrence J. Burpee Medal
2019 Recipient - Anne Innis Dagg
Anne Innis Dagg
Anne Innis Dagg visiting Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 2015. The zoo was where she first saw giraffes as a child, sparking a lifelong love of the species and an extraordinary career. (Photo: Elaisa Vargas)
Anne Innis Dagg, biologist, zoologist, feminist, author and publisher, is acknowledged internationally as the founder of giraffe science. As a pioneering citizen scientist in the 1950’s, Dr. Innis Dagg conducted research on African giraffes in the wild. Her ground-breaking field work and subsequent academic study have led to her being credited with the establishment of the fields of giraffology and behavioural biology.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s recognizes Anne Innis Dagg for her research, writing and publishing that engendered worldwide awareness and understanding of giraffes as well as her body of work on Canadian wildlife.