Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Reaches Milestone!


There many reasons why we love Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and one of the biggest reasons is the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF).  It is the organization Disney founded in 1995, prior to the opening of DAK but certainly connected to the park since its inception, to further the ideas of conservation offered in the park.  Today in the Disney Parks Blog it was announced that the DWCF has reached a milestone of 1,000 grants awarded to conservation projects around the world.


Basically what the DWCF does is send money to projects and organizations who are on the front lines of the battle to conserve wildlife.  The money is raised mostly by guests to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Have you ever seen those buttons on sale around the park?  Well the money you pay for those goes entirely toward to DWCF.  There are also some other items, such as merchandise and tours, from which proceeds are sent to the fund.  Disney than matches those funds and covers all of the operating costs for the DWCF.  Each year they grant portions of these funds to conservation organizations, including our conservations partners.


And this gets to why the DWCF is something that makes DAK so great.  Many feel this organization came about as a result of criticism Disney was facing ,and felt they would continue to face, from animal rights groups for opening up an animal park.  Was DAK only about making loads more money for shareholders?  Perhaps, but in the meantime Disney also created the DWCF as a consequence which can only be considered a huge positive for the conservation world.  Many of the organizations they have helped operate on tiny budgets, and these funds keep them going.

So the next time you are walking around the park looking for a souvenir, remember the DWCF.  How about collecting all the different buttons?  Now that’s something you can be happy about and proud of.

by Dave McBride (twitter: @RadioHarambe)

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