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Johnny Morris receives top US conservation award

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From left: John Paul Morris, Johnny Morris and National Audubon Society CEO, David Yarnold, at the presentation in New York last week.

Bass Pro Shops founder and owner Johnny Morris has followed in the footsteps of Walt Disney, former US President Jimmy Carter, actor Robert Redford and the renowned British historian, Sir David Attenborough, in being presented with one of the most prestigious awards in conservation.

In front of his family and friends at a gala dinner at New York’s Plaza Hotel, Morris was recognised for his ‘outstanding achievement’ in the field of conservation and environmental protection with the Audubon Medal. He has become the 58th recipient since the award was introduced in 1947.

“To be awarded the Audubon Medal is one of the proudest and most humbling experiences of my life,” said Morris. Ω“To be included alongside the other 57 conservationists and to receive this high honour among such visionary leaders as Walt Disney, J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling, President Carter and others is a great honour.

“I am very proud to share this with my family and our extended family – the many passionate conservation-minded people in our company and the sportsmen and women we are blessed to serve.

“The National Audubon Society has been a force for good in conservation for more than a century,” added Morris. “It began by working with a personal hero of mine – Teddy Roosevelt – to inspire generations to carry on America’s heritage in protecting our natural resources.”

Morris accepted the award together with his wife, Jeanie, and children, John Paul, Megan, Julie and Jennifer.

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