Media contact: Pamela Seelman, Marketing Director, International Crane Foundation, 608-320-0685.
Baraboo, Wisconsin – The International Crane Foundation / Endangered Wildlife Trust Partnership announced today that Maurice Wanjala of the Kipsaina Crane and Wetland Conservation Group, Kenya, has been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award. The award recognizes local citizens for their commitment to save wildlife, protect habitats and inspire their communities to take part in conservation efforts. Recipients from around the world were nominated by nonprofit environmental organizations, and each honoree and his nominating organization will share a $1,500 award from the Disney Conservation Fund.
Maurice Wanjala is one of only 20 award recipients in the 2020 cohort globally. Maurice has dedicated his life to working with communities to protect and restore wetland habitats in western Kenya, home to threatened species like the Endangered Grey Crowned Crane. Maurice said,
“The award is a great honor to me, and recognition of the tireless efforts I have made to save these wetlands, home to the beautiful Grey Crowned Crane.”
Disney Conservation is committed to saving wildlife and building a global community inspired to work together to protect the magic of nature. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $100 million to support nonprofit organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet, and has honored more than 200 Conservation Heroes for their extraordinary conservation efforts.
For information on Disney’s commitment to conservation and a complete list of recent Conservation Hero Award recipients, visit Disney.com/Conservation.
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About the International Crane Foundation / Endangered Wildlife Trust Partnership:
The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend. The Foundation provides knowledge, leadership and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their landscapes. In Africa, the International Crane Foundation partners with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (which works throughout Africa to protect threatened wildlife), under a formal MoU through the International Crane Foundation / Endangered Wildlife Trust Partnership, where our joint program goal is to secure and improve the conservation status of Africa’s four resident crane species by protecting and restoring the wetland and grassland habitats on which they depend.