Friday, May 26, 2017

Disney to donate up to $1 million to protect at-risk animal as part of Pandora opening

Disney has pledged up to $1 million to protect and restore habitats for 10 at-risk animals as part of the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom.
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George A. Kalogridis, President, Walt Disney World Resort, announced
Thursday,  May 25, 2017, Connect to Protect, a commitment of up to
$1 million to help protect and restore habitats critical to 10 at-risk animals.

“Through Connect to Protect, our guests will join us in helping protect the habitats critical to 10 animals here on Earth and share in our commitment to nature," Disney World Resort President George A. Kalogridis said in a news release.

“Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Pandora – the World of Avatar both demonstrate that every animal, endangered or otherwise, requires a healthy habitat to thrive,” he said.

To help donate visitors will be able to go on conservation-themed missions via Facebook Messenger, facilitated by one of the moon’s digital ecological specialists, Fitsimti “Fits” Buckley.

By completing one or more missions, each guest will unlock a $10 contribution to be made through the Disney Conservation Fund, or a $5 contribution just for discussing conservation with Fitsimti.

Guests can then decide how to contribute the money (up to $100,000 per animal) to the following threatened categories: apes, elephants, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks/rays and tigers.

Guests will also be able to learn more about each animal.

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