Submitted by The Walt Disney Company
In just one year since the release of Disney’s “The Lion King” in 2019, fans like you have helped the Disney Conservation Fund, and collaborators around the world, to make huge strides in protecting lions and their habitats across Africa. As we celebrate World Lion Day today, we’re excited to share some of the progress we have made together toward “protecting the pride,” and healthy landscapes for African wildlife and communities!
As you might recall, in honor of the release of Disney’s “The Lion King” last year, we launched the “Protect the Pride” global conservation campaign, focused on protecting and revitalizing the lion population across Africa by raising awareness and contributing to the Wildlife Conservation Network’s Lion Recovery Fund (LRF).
The LRF has directed this support to partner organizations working across Africa with a three-pronged approach to lion recovery: investing in conservation projects on the ground, developing campaigns that support the protection and revitalization of Africa’s lion population, and expanding collaborations among organizations.
To date, Disney’s support has helped the LRF fund 44 lion conservation organizations with 107 projects, spanning 21 African countries. These grants have been disbursed across wildlands containing more than 50 percent of the African lion population, benefitting lions, their habitats and their prey as well as countless human communities involved in the protection of this iconic species!
Here are just a few examples of the projects that we’ve helped the LRF fund:
Both our Guests and our Cast have been an important part of supporting these achievements, from joining us on Kilimanjaro Safaris during the opening week of Disney’s “The Lion King” film, to the efforts of our cast to provide exceptional care for our pride of lions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, inspiring our guests to learn more about these incredible animals every day.
One of the reasons we were excited to partner with the Wildlife Conservation Network’s Lion Recovery Fund on this important effort was their strong vision to double the wild populations of lions by 2050. We believe that, together with you, we can work toward this vision and ensure the lion’s roar can be heard across Africa for generations to come.
Looking for ways to celebrate lions with your family, or help Protect the Pride?
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