THE DISNEY CONSERVATION FUND - Foreword: Let me begin by saying thank you. Regardless of how you came to open this book, all of us at theDisney Conservation Fund appreciate your interest in saving wildlife. Within these covers, you will find stories that sprang from a shared love and respect for nature and reflect a commitment to preserving and protecting wildlife and its habitats that started nearly a century ago with Walt Disney himself. The extraordinary photographs and heartfelt words spotlight the remarkable work and countless contributions made by individuals all around the globe. As you read, youll see that this book is about celebrating what together we have accomplished, while also tellingthe wonderful stories of people who believe they still have much more to do. When Walt Disney Imagineers began exploring the idea of creating a theme park focused on animals and nature at the Walt Disney World Resort, the potential to make a real difference was enormous. That sparked a conversation about how such a theme park could inspire millions and how Disney might begin working with conservationists well before the parks opening to save wildlife and wild places.This led to the creation of the Disney Conservation Fund in 1995, three years before the first Guest walked through the turnstiles at Disneys Animal Kingdom theme park. Building on Walts legacy, we developed the fund with the goals to save wildlife, inspire action, and protect our planet,and it has since become a highly respected conservation program, funding projects spanning more than half the worlds countries and counting.As we celebrate twenty-five years, we continue to look for ways to broaden our reach. To this end,for those of us particularly focused on the environment and animals, Disneys new partnership with National Geographic is a dream come true. It presents many more possibilities for the future.At Disney, were proud of our achievements in conservation over the past quarter century and are determined to have an even bigger impact in the next twenty-five years through the Disney Conservation Fund and the efforts of the organizations we support. Our goal is to inspire people to take action for nature in their communities and around the globe, recognizing that by working together we can and will make a positive and lasting difference for this place we call home.Kim Sams Director, Disney Conservation Fund - Disney Enterprise Social Responsibility