For over 20 years The Walt Disney Company remains focused on their commitment to environmental stewardship through the Disney Conservation Fund.
Recently the Disney Conservation Fund, or DCF, awarded more than a total of $5 million in grant money to support at least 76 organizations that work to protect endangered species, inspire conservation action, and perform field research from all over the world. One such organization, a Florida-based organization, received approximately $782,000 in order to continue their efforts for academic research, wildlife conservation, and habitat restoration.
The fund also awarded 13 people from all parts of the world with the “Disney Conservation Hero” award. This award recognizes their commitment to saving wildlife and promoting conservation efforts.
One such grant recipient is the International Rhino Foundation, or IFR, which works to save the critically endangered Sumatran rhinos from extinction in Indonesia. Unfortunately, there are only about 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild. IRF aims at addressing threats to this species throughout Indonesian communities in hope to inspire protection of their habitat.
One of the Disney Conservation Hero recipients, IRF employee Sumadi Hasmaran, was recognized for his leadership in the establishment and management of the 250-acre breeding and research facility, the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS). While overseeing the construction of the facility he also sought out nearby communities by offering employment and other livelihood opportunities. The sanctuary was pleased to announce the first 2 Sumatran rhino calves born in Asia in more than a staggering 140 years thanks to Sumadi’s efforts and dedication.
This effort is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to conservation. Other conservation efforts around the world have helped protect more than 400 species.
Although The Walt Disney Company primarily funds the DCF it also receives contributions from guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, other select Walt Disney World Resort location, Disney Vacation Club resorts, or when sailing with Disney Cruise Line.
Just remember, the next time you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom and are asked if you would like to make a donation to the Disney Conservation Fund while purchasing that long-awaited souvenir you will also be a part of the conservation.