The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) recognizes the hard work and effort of individuals and teams around the world working to conserve wildlife and protect wild places every year. In a world that needs wildlife heroes more than ever, the DCF is proud to celebrate the following 20 individuals and teams awarded in 2020, who join more than 200 passionate, dedicated Disney Conservation Heroes recognized to date in more than 50 countries around the world.
Calvin “Blacka” Fenton
Nominated by American Friends of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Inc.
Calvin “Blacka” Fenton can often be found awake at 5 a.m. checking wildlife camera traps for five hours, before spending the afternoon tending his goats and returning to the forest at dusk to study critically endangered “mountain chicken” frogs until after midnight—all without complaint and with a smile on his face. Born and raised on the mountain island territory of Montserrat in the Caribbean, Blacka spent his youth exploring the island and learning all he could about his home’s native wildlife and environment. Today he is the go-to wildlife expert and field worker on the island, and his self-learned skills have made him an indispensable asset to numerous conservation projects, visiting researchers and even local hunters—who grew to respect Blacka and follow his guidance to more sustainably hunt the mountain chicken and support the survival of the species. Blacka’s work with the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme for nearly 17 years has been critical in preventing the extinction of his island’s iconic species.
The Montserrat National Trust will be hosting an award ceremony for Mr. Fenton on Friday, 11th June to honor and highlight his achievement.
Click HERE to read more about the awards.