CARRYING FORWARD A CONSERVATION LEGACYWhen we Imagineers started the development of Disneys Animal Kingdom, we knew that we were entering a new territory of storytelling. These stories were not fantasies, but real. They were not classic tales, but ongoing epics whose conclusions are still unknown. They were not ours alone, but shared with people all around the world, who lived with and cared about the lives of wild creatures.We could not tell such stories unless we ourselves participated in the reality we were describing, contributed to the epic struggle, and shared our skill and our commitment with people around the world. Thus, we concluded that an entity like the Disney Conservation Fund was essential to our story. Without it, our own words and actions would be empty. The story of Disneys Animal Kingdom and the Disney Conservation Fund is not just a story that we tell. Its a story we are living every day, every one of us. All of us on Earth share this planet with every living creature and with the systems that sustain them. For decades, through the actions of the Disney Conservation Fund, weve worked towards our dream: a dream of a future for our children in which there is still magic in the forest, the magic that comes from the countless miraculous creatures, some yet undiscovered, that share with us a tiny delicate place amidst a sea of distant stars. Joe RohdeCreative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineeringopposite:A member of the gorilla troupe and her baby at Gorilla Falls at Disneys Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort.