Mohammad Farhadinia was awarded the 2009 Future for Nature Award at the Burger Zoo, Arnhem (Netherlands). Mohammad was selected due to his efforts on behalf of the cheetah and the leopard in Iran. The award was presented by Sir David Attenborough and the chair of the Future for Nature Foundation, Herman Rijksen, at a ceremony held at the zoo on the 20th March.

A total of 148 wildlife conservationists from 56 countries around the world participated in the competition. Only three outstanding individuals received this honour. The other two recipients were Maggie Muurmans (The Netherlands) and Inza Kon