Do you care about the plight of the Djibouti Francolin bird? How about the endangered Siamese crocodile? How much are you willing to pay to support those causes? How about a dollar. Just one dollar for the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund when you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom goes a long way to supporting causes like those and many others.
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has just announced the 2009 recipients of the “Disney Conservation Heroes” award. The award program recognizes heroes who have made a positive impact on the environment and their communities.
Continuing a tradition that started with Walt Disney’s nature films, the Walt Disney Company has announced that the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has awarded grants for 67 Conservation Projects Worldwide.
In celebration of World Environment Day, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) today announced the funding of programs that will support more than 90 species and promote habitat conservation in 33 countries. The 2009 DWCF grant recipients will receive almost $1.5 million for efforts ranging from protecting Pakistan’s majestic Snow Leopards, to following the migration of Magellanic penguins in Argentina to reintroducing endangered Whooping Cranes in eastern North America.
“Creating a positive ecosystem impact is a key goal of The Walt Disney Company. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is a natural extension of that philosophy, enabling leading environmental organizations and scientists to address some of the most critical issues facing animals and ecosystems around the world. We applaud these deserving recipients and are pleased to play a part in their efforts,” said Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president, environmental affairs, The Walt Disney Company.
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) announced it is providing support to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to aid with immediate relief to Koalas (above) and other surviving wildlife affected by the recent bushfires in Australia.
Due to record-breaking heat, the state of Victoria was hit with hundreds of bushfires that have caused massive destruction and is responsible for the deaths of more than 200 people and left nearly 7,000 people without homes. Estimated damages exceed $500 million and have left much of the local wildlife without a sufficient habitat. IFAW, working with Help for Wildlife, has deployed a response team to assist animals such as koalas and wallabies affected in these regions. The team is diligently working to aid as many animals, both wild and domestic, as possible by participating in search and rescue operations, providing necessary treatment, food and vet supplies.
The Rapid Response monies will be used to cover transportation costs, medical supplies, veterinarian services, blankets, cages and food with the intent to rehabilitate the injured and release them back into the wild.
The DWCF is funded in part by guest donations made while attending one of Disney’s theme parks.