by Heather Lowe–
The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), in partnership with the Vienna Zoo, is thrilled to announce that Rupali Ghosh has been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The award recognizes local citizens for their tireless efforts to save wildlife, protect habitats and educate communities. Recipients were nominated by non-profit environmental organizations, and each honoree and their nominating organization will share a $1,500 award from DWCF.
Rick Hudson (TSA President) is quick to point to Rupali’s efforts in Bangladesh as a key component of preventing the extinction of the Northern River Terrapin – a large, critically endangered turtle once thought extinct in the wilds of Bangladesh and India. “I use the phrase ‘force of nature’ sparingly to describe someone, but in the case of Rupali, I always use this term. Her grit, determination and charm have made her the perfect person to spearhead the grassroots efforts that are literally pulling this species back from the brink.”
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund focuses on protecting wildlife and connecting kids and families with nature. Since 2004, Disney has honored more than 100 leaders around the world for their extraordinary conservation efforts.
For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of 2014 Conservation Hero Award recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.