The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) recently donated $5 million to 76 conservation organizations around the world, including $782,000 to 7 Florida-based organizations for academic research, habitat restoration and wildlife conservation. DCF also recognized 13 individuals with the 2018 Disney Conservation Hero award for their restoration and conservation efforts.
Recipients include the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), which is working to save the fewer than 80 remaining Sumatran rhinos from extinction in Indonesia. One of the foundation’s employees, Sumadi Hasmaran, earned this year’s Disney Conservation Hero award for leading, establishing and managing the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary to breed and research the rhinos. Hasmaran is credited with playing an integral part in the sanctuary, making it possible for two Sumatran rhino calves to be born in a managed setting, the first two such births in Asia in over 140 years.
The Disney Conservation Fund receives a majority of its funding from The Walt Disney Company, but the guest contributions made at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, select Walt Disney World resorts, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club resorts also supplement the DCF.
The Disney Conservation Fund has operated for over 20 years, working to save wildlife, educate communities and inspire actions through philanthropic support of nonprofit organizations.
To see a full list of projects that the DCF is currently working on, click here.
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