The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has recently honored 19 individuals with the Disney Conservation Hero Award for 2014.
Claudia Perla studies the endangered black-handed spider monkey
The award recipients were recognized for their dedication to wildlife conservation and received a medal and $1,500 to share with the nonprofit organization that nominated them.
The recipients work tirelessly to protect endangered animals including gorillas in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, black-handed spider monkeys in Nicaragua, snow leopards in Russia, and diamondback terrapins in New Jersey.
This year's recipients of the Disney Conversation Hero Award are:
- Aimee Rasoanasolo, nominated by Conservation Fusion
- Ken Nedimyer, nominated by the Coral Restoration Foundation
- Juliette Velosoa, nominated by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
- King Geoffrey Nzito, nominated by Fauna & Flora International
- Berdiyar Jollibekov, nominated by Fauna & Flora International
- Sue Robertson, nominated by the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
- Etty Rahmawati, nominated by Health In Harmony
- Jackson Kabuyaya Mbeke, nominated by the Houston Zoo and the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center
- Daniel Leturesh, nominated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare
- Lovemore Mungwashu, nominated by the International Rhino Foundation and the Lowveld Rhino Trust
- Devender Singh Chauhan, nominated by the International Snow Leopard Trust
- Daudet Andriafidison, nominated by the Lubee Bat Conservancy
- Claudia Perla, nominated by Paso Pacifico
- Martha Gruber, nominated by Tampa Bay Watch
- Mergen Markov, nominated by The Altai Project/Earth Island Institute
- Thulani Thusi, nominated by The Barry and Patricia Wakeman Education Foundation and the Wildlife ACT Fund Trust
- The Storm Drain Terrapin Rescue Team, nominated by The Wetlands Institute
- Rupali Ghosh, nominated by the Turtle Survival Alliance Foundation
- Abdullahi Ali, nominated by the University of Wyoming
To learn more about the 2014 Heroes and read their stories visit www.disney.com/conservation.