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Disney Conservation Fund Celebrates its Birthday and Earth Day by Announcing 2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Kim Sams

by , Director, Disney Corporate Social Responsibility at The Walt Disney Company

Each April, we join together to celebrate this great planet and remind ourselves why it’s so important to take time to enjoy nature and do our part to protect it. As Earth Day approaches, we are excited to announce our 2016-2017 grants, helping us reach a milestone of more than $65 million in support to projects spanning 115 countries since the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) was established in 1995.

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Here are just a few highlights from our 2016-2017 grant recipients, who together received grants totaling more than $7 million to support their efforts to protect wildlife and provide experiences that will help inspire a lifelong love for nature in young people.

Disney Conservation Fund Celebrates its Birthday and Earth Day by Announcing 2016-2017 Grant Recipients

As part of the Increase the Time initiative, Disney is helping empower young people to create community-based solutions to big challenges facing other people, animals and the environment in 12 countries through Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program; providing 16 communities with resources to improve local parks with National Recreation and Park Association’s Meet Me at the Park initiative; and encouraging kids and families to create backyard garden habitats for wildlife through the National Wildlife Federation’s Butterfly Heroes program.

Disney Conservation Fund Celebrates its Birthday and Earth Day by Announcing 2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Additionally, as part of Disney’s Reverse the Decline efforts, we are contributing funding and expertise to protect 10 at-risk animals and providing more than 100 strategic conservation grants to support the worldwide protection of wildlife and ecosystems important to our company.

This year, Disney’s support will help Panthera conduct outreach to monasteries and herders to empower local people to support the conservation of snow leopards in China, help San Diego Zoo Global protect vaquita porpoises – the most endangered marine mammal in the world – in Mexico and support the World Parrot Trust’s work to identify and protect critical habitat for Tasman parakeets in Australia.

To learn more about our 2016-2017 DCF grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.

With these grants, the DCF has now awarded more than $65 million to reverse the decline of wildlife and increase the time kids spend in nature. Since 1995, this support has:

  • Helped to conserve more than 400 species around the world.
  • Funded protection of 143,400 square miles of habitat – an area greater than 2,400 Walt Disney World Resorts.
  • Helped provide tens of millions of kids with nature experiences.

The majority of funding is provided by Disney and supplemented by guest contributions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, The Seas and The Land at Epcot, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club Resorts and select Walt Disney World resorts.