25. Aug, 2017

Posthumous Turtle Conservation Appreciation Award for Henk Zwartepoorte

 

 

 

 

Recently, Mary Vriens, Henk Zwartepoorte's partner and current chairman of the ReHerp Foundation, received the following letter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mary,

At our TSA / TFTSG Symposium in Charleston this past week, our Behler Award Committee was honored to recognize the memory of Henk by presenting him with a posthumous Turtle Conservation Appreciation Award at the closing banquet in front of nearly 300 of his peers and colleagues.

Henk was a good friend, a trusted colleague, and an active and valued participant in many of our turtle community's endeavors and organizations. We miss him greatly, as we know you do too.

His award has been entered on our Behler Award website at http://www.iucn-tftsg.org/behler/ (scroll to the bottom and then click through to the next page at http://www.iucn-tftsg.org/appreciation-and-lifetime-achievement-awards/). We hope you like the photo.

Attached is a pdf of the award certificate. We also have a nicely framed version (glass and wood) of the certificate that Peter Paul van Dijk will be bringing to you the next time he visits the Netherlands.

Take care,

Anders G.J. Rhodin, M.D.
      Chairman of the Board, Turtle Conservancy
      Chairman Emeritus, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
      Co-Chair, Turtle Conservation Fund      
      Founder and Director, Chelonian Research Foundation

 

Mary is sure Henk would have greatly appreciated this.