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There was a time when most people viewed nature as something apart from themselves. In the 21st century, there is an increasing awareness that we are all a part of nature…a fact we ignore at our peril. Disneynature is reinforcing an understanding of the interrelatedness of all life on Earth. Working closely with conservation organizations on each film, Disneynature does not only tell the stories of nature but lets people know how, through their actions, they can affect the story's ending. "You've probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn't just the business of a few people. It's a matter that concerns all of us.” ~ Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Company has demonstrated a commitment to the environment that continues to this day. Since its inception in 1995, the DISNEY WORLDWIDE CONSERVATION FUND (DWCF) has carried this legacy forward through connections made to inspire people and partnerships to protect the world's wildlife. The DWCF annual grants program has made a global impact on efforts to expand scientific knowledge, influence leaders to take conservation action and engage communities through education and sustainable approaches to conservation. To date, the DWCF has granted more than $14 million to more than 800 projects in 110 countries, including funding to support lions, cheetahs and chimpanzee conservation. The fund also maintains the Rapid Response Fund, which has provided emergency funding to more than 100 relief efforts. To learn more about Disney's focus on nature, visit www.disney.com/conservation.

Founded in 1961, the AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION (AWF) is a conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF's programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa's people. Since its inception, AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted partnerships with the private sector for ecotourism to benefit local African communities as a means to improve livelihoods, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa's unparalleled wildlife heritage. AWF is a nonprofit organization currently operating in 14 countries across the continent. AWF is a registered 501(c)(3) in the United States. Visit www.awf.org.

THE MARA CONSERVANCY is a not-for-profit management company that was established to manage the Mara Triangle area of the Mara park on behalf of the Trans-Mara County Council. It began operations in the Mara Triangle in 2001. This created the first public/ private-sector partnership of its kind in the region and has led to a successful partnership between conservationists and the local Masai community. The board of directors is made up of members representing the central and local government, the Masai people, and others with relevant technical skills, particularly in the areas of wildlife management, finance and tourism.

The Mara Conservancy's many activities include running anti-poaching and de-snaring patrols, improving the roads and other infrastructure in the park and protecting the animals in the Mara Triangle from any kind of harassment. The Conservancy also runs a program that compensates livestock owners for the loss of their animals to native predators and provides shepherd dogs as guardians for local livestock.

The power and beauty of big cats have captured people's imaginations throughout history, and THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON has been involved with their conservation for many years. Given the wide areas over which many big cats range, protecting them also goes hand in hand with conserving whole landscapes and ecosystems. In Tanzania, ZSL works closely with the Tanzanian government in the interests of conserving all the country's big cats (lions, leopards and cheetahs). In particular, ZSL's long-running cheetah research program in Tanzania has produced significant insights into the threats the species faces. In Asia, ZSL has partnered with the forest department in Bangladesh in the newly launched Tiger Action Plan, while in Indonesia, ZSL pioneered the use of radio collars to track Sumatran tigers. Among its many initiatives, ZSL has also launched an innovative project that uses carbon trading to fund tiger reserves.

THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY was founded in 1895, and one of its earliest successes was to assist in halting the decline of the American bison. Today the WCS supervises approximately 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries, manages more than 200 million acres of protected land around the world and has more than 200 scientists on its staff. Meanwhile the WCS' five parks in New York City (the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo) receive more than 4 million visitors each year and place great emphasis on educating those visitors about conservation issues. While the WCS is well known for its conservation work with some of the world's iconic animal species—gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India and polar bears in the Arctic— its larger commitment is to seek to protect 25 percent of the world's biodiversity in the face of such threats as those posed by climate change, unsustainable development and the overexploitation of natural resources.

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