International nonprofit Last Chance for Animals (LCA) will honor Prince Emmanuel de Merode, Director of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Anthony Caere, Head of Virunga's Air Wing. The two men will both receive the prestigious "Albert Schweitzer Award" at its annual gala on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
This year, LCA's fundraising gala will be centered on the plight of Africa's Virunga National Park and its critically endangered mountain gorilla population.
Emmanuel de Merode, who is married to Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey, the granddaughter of Louis Leakey, was shot by gunmen near Goma in April 2014.
Louise Leakey is the head of the Koobi Fora Research Project in Kenya's Turkana basin and is an assistant professor of anthropology at Long Island's Stony Brook University.