Changemaker Nomination: Natalie Goddard

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Natalie

Here’s what Peggy has to say about this fearless individual:

“I’m nominating my brilliant daughter Natalie Goddard, who at the age of 13 was reading an article on saving endangered species in the San Diego Zoonooz magazine and had an epiphany. She came up to me wide-eyed and excited and said “I know what I want to do with my life!” The article was about the Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park (now San Diego Safari Park). “I want to work there!” she said. When she was 16 she applied and was chosen to be one of a handful of kids to do an internship at the San Diego Zoo where she was able to job shadow many of the Zoo’s employees including those working at Beckman Center, the home of ICR. 7 years later, her resolve has remained unchanged. She is now a Senior at UC Davis in the Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Department and she will be working this summer at the Institute for Conservation Research. Her hard work and dedication has landed her a fellowship there where she gets to have her very own research project for the summer. Natalie’s love for animals and concern for the welfare of endangered species combined with her unflagging focus and determination to achieve her goals make her a perfect candidate for this donation. She plans to go to graduate school after she graduates from UC Davis and her dream job is to someday work at the San Deigo Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. I believe that Natalie, a former Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient truly will “make the world a better place.”

Thank you for considering her for a donation to help defray the cost of her education. If she is not an appropriate candidate, please consider sending a donation to the San Diego Zoo in her name.”

A little more info:

26_InstituteWildlifeConservancy“Can you imagine using the latest advances in science and technology to help rescue endangered species from the brink of extinction? We can.

At San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, we are committed to generating, sharing, and applying scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats worldwide.

Biodiversity is the theme that unites our work, and scientific innovation is the way we achieve our success. We are the science of saving species.

We are the largest zoo-based multidisciplinary research effort in the world. Our more than 150 dedicated scientists carry out research vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats in over 35 countries worldwide.

Our approach is to first identify the most significant problems for conservation and restoration of endangered species, and then to apply the most innovative and creative science possible to solving them.”

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