THE DISNEY CONSERVATION FUND - Twenty-Five Years of Making a Difference for Wildlife and Wild Places - The Disney Conservation Funds (DCFs) mission is to provide financial support for programs that save wildlife, inspire action, and protect the planet. Since its creation on Earth Day in 1995, one of the ways the fund carries out this mission is by awarding annual conservation grants to nonprofit organizations leading comprehensive community conservation programs and initiatives that inspire kids and families to take action for wildlife and the planet. Projects are judged and selected on how they integrate science and community engagement to create a holistic conservation approach that both protects animals and empowers communities. The DCF has also supported the International Fund for Animal Welfares Global Disaster Response Grants program to help organizations prepare for disasters and quickly mobilize resources and care for both wild and domestic animals in times of natural and man-made disasters. Education and awareness can be equally as important as funding. As accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Disneys Animal Kingdom, Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends, as well as the Disney Conservation Fund, support the AZA Saving Animals from Extinction initiative that focuses their collective expertise and leverages their massive audiences to save species like African lions, cheetahs, gorillas, sea turtles, sharks, and rays. Disneys Animal Kingdom and The Seas with Nemo & Friends were recognized with a 20 Year Achievement in Conservation Award by the AZA in 2018. This award recognizes the significant impact Disney has had supporting community-based conservation through the efforts of six hundred organizations working to save wildlife and wild places in more than half the countries in the world and inspiring the next generation of conservationists. Additionally, DCF has been honored with awards from the Chicago Zoological Society,the University of Florida, and Wildlife Conservation Society.