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Wildlife Wednesday: Disney Announces its 2017 Conservation Heroes

Claire Martin

by , Senior Manager, Strategic Philanthropy, Disney Corporate Social Responsibility

One of the most rewarding parts of my role is meeting and learning about the inspirational people who are dedicating their lives to making the world a better place. It’s an important reminder that one person can truly make a difference.

Each year, the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) celebrates a select few of these individuals who have worked tirelessly to save wildlife, protect habitats and inspire communities to take part in conservation efforts. This year, Disney Conservation Heroes were honored for their significant strides in protecting wildlife across the globe, ranging from the ploughshare tortoise in Madagascar and pygmy hog in India, to the Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys in Vietnam and many more.


Some of these Heroes focused on bettering the communities where these animals live by training locals to earn their livelihoods in new ways that are more sustainable and animal-friendly. Others removed animal snares from savannas and trained rangers to protect wildlife habitats. Others led reforestation efforts and cleaned up illegal waste dumps impacting communities and wildlife. In all cases, these Heroes dedicated countless hours in challenging conditions to make the world a better place for all of us.

In addition to recognizing honorees’ dedication to engaging their communities to protect wildlife, each Hero and his or her nominating organization will share a $1,500 award from the fund.

To read more and view photos of each of this year’s Conservation Heroes, visit