THE DISNEY CONSERVATION FUND - From the grassland vistas visible at Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge to the sands of Disneys Vero Beach Resort in Florida, and to the lushtree-lined walking trails at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Disneyexperiences allow Guests to learn more about African animals, track the migration paths of loggerhead sea turtles, or discover native flora and fauna. Nature also comes to life in the theme parks, like at The Land Pavilion in Epcot, which fosters a deeper understanding ofsustainable farming, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends, whichfeatures a saltwater aquarium in which Guests can snorkel and scuba dive alongside a variety of sea creatures or chat it up at Turtle Talk with Crush.Even some Disney enthusiasts arent aware that a third of the land initially purchased for the Walt Disney World Resort was set asideas a permanent conservation area. Additionally, forty-five minutes south of the resort, on what was once a cattle ranch, sits The Nature Conservancys Disney Wilderness Preserve. The Walt Disney Companypurchased 8,500 acres of wetlands and pine flatwoods in Central Florida. Coveted by environmentalists, the territory sits at the very headwaters of the Everglades, and is a haven for hundreds of native wildlife species, plus is a living laboratory for training in land- management practices and features a network of trails for all to enjoy.Behind the scenes on Disney property, an army of conservation and animal-care expertsmembers of the companys Animals, Science and Environment (ASE) teamcarry out Disneys long-term commitment to preserving nature. The ASE department provides the best in animal care, imparts conservation skills and insights with Guests and Cast Members through on-site engagement and experiences, and works globally to share their expertise and drive programs to positively impact conservation and animal welfare.opposite:Tiger cubs enjoy watermelons as part of the enrichment program provided byDisneys Animals, Science and Environment team at Disneys Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort.pages2425 :Guests enjoy a hike through The Nature Conservancys Disney Wilderness Preserve.