Disney Emergency Support Will Help Move 60 Elephants in Africa to a New Home

Baby elephant. Photo courtesy of IFAWThe Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is providing emergency support to Conservation Solutions (CS) to help translocate more than 60 elephants that are currently living amongst communal farming lands in the district of Mangochi, Lake Malawi. Due to increased competition between humans and elephants for natural resources there has been a dramatic upswing in illegal poaching, poisoning and other efforts to manage the animals.

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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Announces Grants for 67 Conservation Projects Worldwide

Burbank, Calif, June 4, 2009 –  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.

Now in its fourteenth year, the DWCF, through support from The Walt Disney Company and Disney Guests, has contributed more than $14 million to conservation projects for the study and protection of the world’s wildlife and habitats.

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

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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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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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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Provides Emergency Funding to Support Wildlife Injured in Australian Bushfires

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

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

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 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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