Welcome Future Heroes! At Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), we believe that protecting the environment is part of our mission to be a good neighbor across Kentucky. As we build cars in our plant in Georgetown, we are committed to protecting the environment, following environmental laws, preventing pollution and continuously improving our processes. Our commitment doesn’t stop there — and neither should yours! It is everyone’s responsibility to protect the environment. By becoming a Backyard Action Hero, you commit yourself to taking an active step to coexist and learn about nature and wildlife. Once you have learned about some of the things in this book, you will be ready to take conservation action to your backyard and beyond. Good luck Heroes! Sincerely, Your Friends at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. What is a Backyard Action Hero? A Backyard Action Hero — or BAH as they are called — is a kid or adult who is really into wildlife and habitats and is ready to take action to protect them. They think being “green” is cool, and they know that to make a difference they not only need to learn, but they also need to act! BAHs care about animals and habitats in their own backyards as well as all around the world. Since the Louisville Zoo is a great place to learn about all kinds of plants and animals, our BAH crew will explore what’s going on there! The Louisville Zoological Gardens, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to its mission to “Better the Bond Between People and Our Planet” by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in conservation education. The Zoo’s collections which include botanical gardens are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The Louisville Zoo is also an agency of Louisville Metro Government.