Charity’s international work recognised

WILDLIFE artist David Shepherd was given a standing ovation at an animal welfare awards night.

The Cranleigh-based David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation was given the Best Conservation award at this year’s Burgess/Wetnose Animal Awards.

The foundation supports projects which protect endangered species from poaching; establish nature reserves; and educate people about conservation.

David received the award on Friday March 9 from musician Rick Wakeman and actress Vicki Michelle.

“David and his work for conservation is an inspiration to so many,” said Rick Wakeman.

“And we are delighted to present this award to a truly great man.”

Commenting on the award, David said: “I’m thrilled with the award and dedicate it to all the hard working men and women both in the UK and overseas who give so much time, energy and passion to save endangered animals in the wild.

“Being in a room of such amazing people is a real boost, the next step is to harness that energy and really make a difference to the lives of all animals around the world.”

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