New special The Lion King plush to support Conservation for Lions across Africa.

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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney’s The Lion King and help conserve the natural spaces that help real lions survive at the same time.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King.” The movie has spun off a plethora of additional movies, tv shows, stage musicals, theme park attractions, parades and more. Later this year a new groundbreaking feature film will use Disney’s latest photo realistic animation capabilities combined with high tech filmmaking techniques for a new feature film version of “The Lion King.”

As part of the celebration The Walt Disney Company is launching a global campaign to raise awareness of the crisis facing lions. The campaign will support the Lion Recovery Fund and its partners to help advance conservation across Africa, including the goal to double the number of lions in the wild by 2050. For each Special Edition Simba and Nala plush sold globally, Disney will donate US $5 to the Wildlife Conservation Network in support of the LRF and its local partners.

You can now find special edition Simba and Nala plush at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and, beginning July 1, at other locations in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. There are 40,000 plush, each representing one of the lions whose future Disney and the Lion Recovery Fund are working to ensure.

Special Edition Simba and Nala plush can be found at the following locations at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Now available at Mombasa, Island Mercantile, and Discovery Trading Company at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as Seaside Souvenirs at Disney’s California Adventure park.
  • Starting July 1st, available in World of Disney, Elias & Co. and Bazaar at Disneyland Resort and in Emporium, Mouse Gear, World of Disney and more locations at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • In North America, they’re available at The Disney Store, and in the U.S., available at shopDisney.com

The Wildlife Conservation Network’s Lion Recovery Fund supports a variety of organizations working across Africa to benefit people, wildlife and habitats. WCN has established an unparalleled reputation for integrity and programmatic impact and the LRF is dedicated to ensuring a long-term future for African lions and their habitats by engaging communities and developing campaigns that build support for the protection and revitalization of these animals.

For more information on the Lion Recovery Fund and Disney’s conservation efforts, visit www.disney.com/LionKingProtectThePride.

Disney’s “The Lion King” comes to theaters on July 19, 2019.