According to the Disney Parks Blog, the Animal Kingdom has "received Top Honors (1st place) as the 2014 Edward H. Bean Award recipient for our Taveta golden weaver sustainability program" at a recent meeting of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This must be an incredibly proud moment for the animal care team, to say the least, and we offer our congratulations as well.
The post explains that they award was given because "from 1998-2014, our Aviary team successfully bred over 900 Taveta golden weaver chicks, which was instrumental in safeguarding the North American population. These chicks now live in AZA accredited zoos across the country, helping ensure that we maintain a genetically diverse population."
Now, let me ask you this question: does your favorite theme park do that? This is exactly why we love this place, and what separates the "cast members" here from other Disney parks. If you would like to learn more about the Taveta golden weaver, check out this post from Safari Mike.