For nineteen years, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been inspiring families to connect with nature. Today, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and the Disney Conservation Fund announced ‘Connect to Protect,’ in celebration of the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Connect to Protect is a commitment of up to $1 million to protect and restore the habitats of 10 at-risk animals; and you have the ability to help.
“Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is thrilled to open Pandora – the World of Avatar, and to celebrate this milestone, we’re asking our Guests to help us protect the environment,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Their participation will unlock up to $1 million in contributions to protect and restore the habitats of 10 at-risk animals.”
You can help reach the full $1 million contribution, when you journey to Pandora on your next Walt Disney World vacation. While entering the immersive world of Pandora, guests will be invited, via Facebook Messenger, to complete multiple ‘missions.’
The missions are run by Pandora’s digital ecological specialist, Fitsimti Buckey, or “Fits” for short. Just for taking the time to discuss conservation with Fits, you will unlock a $5 contribution to be made through the Disney Conservation Fund. If you choose to complete one or more of the missions, you’ll unlock a $10 contribution. A really neat fact about the contributions, once you unlock the $5 or $10 you get to decide how your contribution will help protect and restore the habitats of one of the ten categories of threatened animals: apes, elephants, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks/ray, and tigers. (up to $100,000 per animal)
In 2016 Disney Conservation Fund announced “Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time” teaming up with non-profit organizations to help threatened wildlife and inspire a lifelong love of nature in young people. Below is a list of the organizations that will receive the contributions from the Connect to Protect program:
- International Crane Foundation (Cranes)
- International Rhino Foundation (Rhinos)
- Save the Golden Lion Tamarin and Wildlife Conservation Network/Proyecto Tití (Monkeys)
- Perry Institute for Marine Science (Coral Reefs)
- The Jane Goodall Institute (Apes)
- University of Florida Foundation (Sea Turtles and Butterflies)
- Wildlife Conservation Society (Elephants, Sharks/Rays, and Tigers)
It’s exciting to know that some of your adventures on Pandora could help in protecting the wildlife here on Earth. Make sure to chat with Fits about conservation, on your next journey to Pandora – The World of Avatar.
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