Disney’s Animal Experts Ensure Mother-Child Bond Among Animals

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Calf NursingLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 7, 2009 – The animal care team from Walt Disney World Resort has been busy since last Mother’s Day, assisting with the births of more than 440 animals and more importantly, helping to ensure that the relationship between mother and child remains uncompromised.

While much focus is given to the expert care of the animals during the birthing process, equal attention is given to the delicate and complex mother-child bonding process which uniquely varies among species and among individual animals.

For example, animal care experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom were recently monitoring two baby vultures hatched from two different sets of new parents. One pair adapted quickly to their new parenting roles, while the other pair struggled and had difficulty feeding their new offspring. Concerned about malnourishment, the animal husbandry team intervened by providing supplemental food to the smaller bird. Eventually, the struggling parents began copying the behaviors of the adept parents and improved their parenting skills. Their efforts have been successful and today, both young chicks are of equal size.

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First Week’s Sales to Disneynature’s EARTH Means 2.7 Million Trees to be Planted

BURBANK, Calif., April 29   — Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has arranged with The Nature Conservancy to plant 2.7 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of the planet’s most endangered rainforests, it was announced by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios.  In keeping with the Disneynature EARTH’s themes of protecting the planet and its wildlife, Walt Disney Studios volunteered to plant a tree in honor of every moviegoer who saw the film during its first week of release.  The motion picture grossed an impressive $16.1 million at the box office during week one and broke an opening day record as well as an opening weekend record for a nature documentary.  The film also garnered the highest praise from critics and moviegoers alike.

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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Celebrates 14 Years

Eagle AudobonLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 22, 2009 — (PR) Over the past 14 years, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) has donated nearly $13 million in funding to 750 projects in 110 countries. This year alone, DWCF awarded  a $20,000 annual grant to Audubon Florida for the Audubon Eagle Watch in Maitland, FL, $20,000 to The Nature Conservancy at the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Central Florida for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, and contributed more than $450,000 in Rapid Response monies to organizations in need, among others.

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Disney Cruise Line Salutes Earth Day by Honoring Winners of Disney’s Environmentality Challenge in Grand Cayman

Tasha Miller (front left), a teacher at George Town Primary School in Grand Cayman, along with Disney's Jiminy Cricket, honored Year 6 students from the school in a special awards ceremony aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship as part of Disney's Environmentality Challenge. © Disney

Tasha Miller (front left), a teacher at George Town Primary School in Grand Cayman, along with Disney's Jiminy Cricket, honored Year 6 students from the school in a special awards ceremony aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship as part of Disney's Environmentality Challenge. © Disney

GRAND CAYMAN, (April 21, 2009) – (PR) Disney Cruise Line honored the top prize winners of Disney’s EnvironmentalityTM Challenge (DEC) educational program today in an awards ceremony aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship. Taking place during a weeklong celebration of Earth Day, the event showcased local students’ contributions to promote conservation and protect the environment.

Students honored at the celebration were winners of the 2008-2009 DEC class project competition and are part of teachers Willean Hill and Tasha Miller’s Year 6 class from George Town Primary School on Grand Cayman.

Through their project titled “Environmental Stewardship Programme,” students created an informational brochure with environmental tips, translating it into several languages for distribution to fellow students, local residents and tourists visiting the Cayman Islands. They also organized a beach cleanup to rid the shoreline of debris and litter and created their own George Town Primary environmental blog to keep the community informed of their progress. Throughout the program, the group explored environmental issues by combining classroom subjects such as math, science and language arts in addition to educating and engaging the local community.

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Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Cast Members Party for the Planet © Disney

Cast Members Party for the Planet © Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 21, 2009 — (PR) Since the company’s early days, Disney has been committed to Environmentality, which encompasses the attitude and commitment to do what is right for the environment and right for responsible business.

Building on this legacy, Walt Disney World Resort has intensified efforts to embed environmental stewardship into the decisions and actions of Cast Members and guests through a series of science-based programs and policies. The efforts include effectively managing resources through energy management, water conservation and waste minimization. Some of the work is highlighted in a set of Fun Facts:

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Disney Partners with Department of Energy to Reduce Energy Consumption

Department of Energy and Commercial Real Estate Executives Launch Alliance to Reduce Energy Consumption of Buildings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 9 — Top executives from 19 commercial real estate companies met with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials in New York City today to discuss plans to dramatically reduce the sector’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  The meeting officially launched DOE’s Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA), a partnership of commercial real estate owners and operators who have volunteered to work together with DOE to make lasting change in the energy consumption of commercial real estate buildings in the United States.  Currently, commercial buildings account for 18 percent of the nation’s energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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New Webisode and Breathtaking Images from Disneynature’s Earth

Disneynature Earth OnesheetDisneynature has graciously provided us with some stunning images taken while filming its new documentary Earth, the story of three families: polar bears, humpback whales and elephants.

In addition, we also have a featurette from the film titled Heritage which takes a look back at the legacy of Walt Disney and his Academy Award-winning True Life Adventures series as well as clips from the upcoming film.

You can view the video and the image gallery which includes images not yet available on the movie’s official site after the jump.

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Disney Store Announces Activities, Events, Promotions and Products for Earth Day

PASADENA, Calif., April 2, 2009 – Disney Store North America unveiled its comprehensive line up of Earth Day activities and promotions designed to educate families about the impact they make by recycling and provide everyone with the opportunity to engage in replanting an endangered rainforest through The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees Campaign (www.plantabillion.org). These initiatives build on The Walt Disney Company’s recently announced long-term environmental goals to reduce emissions, waste, electricity and fuel use, as well as the company’s impact on water and ecosystems.

To add to the Earth Day celebration, Disney Store will also introduce an exclusive assortment of environmentally friendly tee shirts and tote bags made from Sustainable Solutions Group’s RETHINK fabric, a new textile created from recycled water bottles.

“Disney Store’s Earth Day 2009 participation continues Disney’s long-term commitment to protecting the environment,” said Jim Fielding, President, Disney Store Worldwide. “From merchandise made from recycled and organic materials to projects to promote environmental awareness with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Nature Conservancy, Disney Store is proud to help bring attention to preserving this magical place in which we live.”

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The Disney Store and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund are Proud to Support The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees Campaign

Disney Plant a BillionLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 1, 2009 — By planting one tree for each eco-friendly, reusable tote bag produced, Disney is helping the Conservancy reach its goal of planting one billion trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest by 2015. Disney is planting nearly 100,000 trees in total.

As one of the world’s most endangered tropical forests, the Atlantic Forest is a priority conservation location. It is home to an estimated 2,180 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds ? or 5 percent of all vertebrates on Earth. Centuries ago the forest covered nearly 580,000 square miles – an area the size of the U.S. eastern seaboard from Maine to South Carolina. Today, only 7 percent remains, much in isolated fragments.

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Disneynature to Sponsor Kid Zone at Go Green Expo April 18-19 in New York

Go Green Expo

Go Green Expo returns to New York April 18-19 for the second year. Tickets are $10 for the weekend (under 12, 65+ and students are free) and available for purchase on the event’s website. Disneynature will be located at booth 336. See Go Green Expo’s website for full details.

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