The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced today that Rahul Dutta 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 or her nominating organization will share a $1,500 award from the Disney Conservation Fund.
Dutta is IRF’s intelligence specialist and is one of only 20 award recipients in the 2020 cohort globally. Dutta works with forestry officials, local and national police, and judiciary officials in Assam, India to help increase the success of wildlife crime arrests and prosecutions through training and other activities. This collaboration resulted in only two greater one-horned rhinos lost to poachers in Assam in 2020.
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.