Provides Emergency Funding to Support Wildlife Injured in Australian Bushfires

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An International Fund for Animal Welfare Tends to an Injured Koala (c) IFAW

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 5, 2009 — The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is proud to provide support to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for providing immediate relief to the surviving wildlife affected by the bushfires in Australia.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Birth of Colobus Monkey

Disney's Animal Kingdom Resident Kabibi and Her Infant

Disney's Animal Kingdom Resident Kabibi and Her Infant (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 5, 2009 — Walt Disney World Resort recently welcomed a black and white colobus monkey – the first of its species born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The infant arrived February 17 after a six-month gestation and may be seen along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail with a group of five other colobus monkeys. (more…)

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Disney Reminds Guests to ‘Spring Forward’ with Frog-Focused Activities

Disney's Animal Kingdom Guests Participate in the Spring Forward Activities (c) Disney

Disney's Animal Kingdom Guests Participate in the Spring Forward Activities (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 4, 2009 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will get a “leap” on this weekend’s time change with a series of frog-focused activities reminding them to set their clocks ahead.

To celebrate the beginning of daylight saving time, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will kick off a series of events, Thursday March 5, just before the semi-annual clock change. Activities include a frog-leap that challenges children to see if they can jump as far as frogs and a special frog-calling game where guests match the frog to the corresponding “ribbit.”  Frog “wannabes” may also don “frog-wear” with goggles to model transparent amphibian eyelids, mesh vests to represent permeable skin and special suction-cupped gloves to demonstrate frogs unique feet.  (more…)

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Disney Conservation Provides Emergency Funding to 2 Organizations

Disneys Animal Programs Joseph Christman with one of the orphaned chimpanzees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (c) Disney

Disney's Joseph Christman with orphaned chimpanzee in the Democratic Republic of Congo (c) Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 4, 2009 –The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is proud to provide a total of $8,000 in emergency funding to two organizations, the Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance (PASA) and Save the Elephants (STE). (more…)

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Going Home: Manatee Returns to Natural Habitat After WDW Rehab (UPDATE: Video)

Bock, a client of the Manatee Rehabilitation Project, was released back into the wild yesterday (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

Bock, a client of the Manatee Rehabilitation Project, was released back into the wild yesterday (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

As part of the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), Disney’s Animal Programs team helps to take final measurements and readings Feb. 24, 2009 as they prepare to release a manatee into his natural habitat at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Fla. The manatee, named “Bock,” was released Tuesday into the warm waters of the St. John’s River. The manatee, rescued as an orphan from the St. John’s River in 2001, arrived at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. in 2003 weighing about 500 pounds. At Epcot, marine mammal experts weaned him from a bottle and began feeding him a diet of romaine lettuce, fruits and other vegetables. “Bock” now weighs more than 1,000 pounds and is approximately eight years old. Prior to his release, he was fitted with a satellite tracking belt to follow his movements and allow for behavioral observation. His progress will be monitored by the MRP in which Disney’s Animal Programs has been involved since 2001 when the partnership was established. The MRP is a cooperative group of nonprofit, private, state and federal entities that monitors the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.

Video after the jump (more…)

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