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Wildlife Wednesdays: Walt Disney’s Words Tell Today’s Conservation Story

posted on April 25th, 2012 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

As we near the end of Earth Month (and what a fantastic Earth Month it has been!), I thought I would share a brief new video about our conservation efforts that we just completed in partnership with the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

We started showing the video just before Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests can see it when they visit Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and, of course, find out more about these efforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and when they travel on Disney Cruise Line ships.

We knew we wanted to include Walt Disney in the video. After all, it is thanks to Walt that conservation and the environment are such a rich part of the Disney company’s history–a passion that continues and is being built upon today.

During the course of producing the video–after hearing how perfectly Walt’s words fit the thoughts we wanted it to convey–it seemed only natural to have Walt help narrate the video.

Enjoy—and remember, every day is Earth Day!

1961 PSA with Walt Disney provided courtesy of National Wildlife Federation®

See how we celebrated Earth Day at Disney Parks in the posts below:

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Steven from NC on April 25th, 2012 at 11:15 am

that was great…


Kyra on April 25th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Awesome video! I wish I were alive when Disney was, alas, our lives did not overlap.


Morgan from FL on April 25th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

That video was AWESOME!!!! I was definitely tearing up!


Dustin on April 25th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Such a great video! Hearing Walt’s words will make our next trip to the Animal Kingdom mean that much more.


Barbara from TX on April 25th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

The BEST video! His words with the scenes have a great impact.


Laura on April 26th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Walt was such an inspiration to me as a child, and his love of wildlife and the resources of the earthy were admirable. I value how the Disney Company of today still chooses to embody Walt’s core values in a modern way. I truly enjoyed this video and all that Disney and Animal Kingdom does for conservation! Keep up the great work!