Disney Conservation Fund Celebrates 25 Years Protecting Animals

by | Apr 20, 2020 | WDW Blog

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The Disney Conservation Fund is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2020!

Over the past 25 years, DCF has partnered with worldwide organizations, local zoos, schools, and communities around the world to educate and protect animals and habitats. 

Over $100 million has been given to nonprofit organizations to help save, educate and inspire throughout the world.

With over 1,000 species supported, here are just some ways Disney Conservation Fund is working to protect some of your favorite Disney characters.

How Disney Conservation Fund Helps Your Favorite Disney Characters

Dumbo

Dumbo

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Who wouldn’t love to help out everyone’s favorite baby elephant? Since 2009, the organization Save the Elephants has been working with Disney Conservation Fund to supply African elephants with water after surviving the worst drought Africa had experienced in 26 years. 

Not only is basic elephant research conducted, but the groups provide the resources necessary to operate water pumps for the elephants to find water.

Emmitt Otterton

Zootopia

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Emmitt’s plight in Zootopia is hard to forget—and otters in real life have found themselves in need of help, too. 

Conservation International and Disney Conservation Fund work in Cambodia to create policies that will protect otters, work with communities to properly manage otter habitats.

Plus, they have made a Cambodian-language guide for students and rangers to better understand otters and how to protect them.

Kenai & Koda

Brother Bear

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The bond between Kenai and Koda in Brother Bear serves to remind us of our link to animals. 

Working with the American Museum of Natural History, DCF monitors grizzly bears to better understand their movements beyond Canada.

The groups also partner with locals to enhance the salmon food fisheries, which is vital to the bears’ diet.

Nemo & Friends

Finding Nemo

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It’s hard to not want to help our oceans after watching Nemo, Dory, and their friends navigate the oceans. 

The University of Florida and Disney Conservation Fund create lesson plans for high school students and science teachers to learn about replanting corals and reef conservation.

The groups also provide a scientific framework in the Caribbean to educate on proper conservation and restoration methods for the coral reefs.

Shere Khan

Jungle Book

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This devious tiger may be a bad guy we love to hate in The Jungle Book, but his real-life counterparts are struggling to survive. 

Located in Russia, the Wildlife Alliance and Disney Conservation Fund are working to protect the Amur tigers’ habitat.

Through anti-poaching efforts and nature-oriented events within the community, raising awareness is key to keeping the Amur tiger safe.

Terk

Tarzan and Terk

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In 1999’s Tarzan, Terk the gorilla famously loves to trash a camp and encourage her friend, Tarzan. But for-real gorillas’ livelihoods are in danger as their habitat shrinks.

ECOLIFE Foundation and Disney Conservation Fund are working with communities surrounding Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to educate people on deforestation and fuel-efficiency, to keep the Mountain Gorillas’ habitat clean and safe.

Zazu

Lion King

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“Kings don’t need advice from little horn-bills for a start,” sings Simba in The Lion King, but maybe we could use some of their advice on conservation.

The Wildlife Conservation Society, located in India, and Disney Conservation Fund are working to conserve five species of hornbills found within the Namdapha and Pakke Tiger Reserves. The biggest threat to these birds is the tribal communities who hunt them, and these organizations work to reduce the hunting done by these groups of people.

Right Now, Disney Conservation Fund Needs Your Help

As of this publishing, Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park has been closed for over a month. This means the Disney Conservation Fund has lost over one month of donations from park visitors to aid in wildlife conservation. 

To learn more about what you can do to help support DCF and find ways to support local wildlife please visit their website!

Next time you get a chance to visit Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, remember to donate to DCF at any merchandise location (you’ll even get a cool button as a thank you).

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Written by Kelli Wosick

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Kelli Wosick is a former English teacher but now spends her days writing and creating magic for everyone. She knows pixie dust flows through her veins and if Flynn Rider ever wanted to save her from a tower she would not oppose (even though princesses are more than capable of saving themselves).
Kelli Wosick

Written by Kelli Wosick

Kelli Wosick is a former English teacher but now spends her days writing and creating magic for everyone. She knows pixie dust flows through her veins and if Flynn Rider ever wanted to save her from a tower she would not oppose (even though princesses are more than capable of saving themselves).