LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 30, 2017 – After more than 1,500 Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida adventurers finished their exclusive venture into Pandora – The World of Avatar for, they were invited to carry the lessons they learned on conservation and celebrating nature back into the classroom.
In the weeks following their adventure, the students learned about the 10 at-risk animal species the Disney Conservation Fund is working to protect: apes, butterflies, elephants, coral reefs, cranes, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks and rays, and tigers. Boys & Girls Clubs students were then invited to vote for the species they wanted to pledge to protect.
With a collective grand total of 2,550 votes, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will donate $25,550 through the Disney Conservation Fund to support conservation organizations around the world in honor of these young travelers. With $10 donated per vote, this special pledge will contribute to Connect to Protect’s commitment of dedicating one million dollars to protect these threatened animals.
About Connect to Protect & Disney Conservation Fund
Connect to Protect is a new in-park mobile adventure that invites Guests to participate in ‘missions’ with a digital scientist while exploring the incredible Valley of Mo’ara, and those experiences are helping protect the habits of at-risk animals on Earth. Upon entering the land, Guests are invited to connect with one of the moon’s ecological specialists, Fitsimti “Fits” Buckley, to take part in numerous conservation-themed missions via Facebook Messenger.
By completing one or more missions, Guests unlock a $10 contribution from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts through the Disney Conservation Fund, and get to choose how that donation will help protect or restore habitats important to one of 10 threatened categories of animals (up to $100,000 per animal for a total of $1 million commitment): apes, butterflies, elephants, coral reefs, cranes, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks and rays, and tigers.
Established on Earth Day in 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund helps to reverse the decline of wildlife and increase the time kids and families spend in nature. The fund has proudly contributed $65 million in grants to nonprofit organizations working in 115 countries. For more information, visit disney.com/conservation.