For a seemingly “normal” day of quarantine, today is extra special! If you haven’t heard yet, today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. I am even more excited to write that it is also the 25th Anniversary of the Disney Conservation Fund. While working at Animal Kingdom I have been able to experience the intense focus on conservation efforts and how much our Cast Members care for the safety and happiness of our animals. I am so proud to work at a place that cares SO much for the planet.
FUN FACT: Did you know that Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)? This is a HUGE deal to our properties as the AZA sets the “gold standard” for things like animal welfare, veterinary care, and conservation. According to the AZA website, “Fewer than 10% of the approximately 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture are AZA accredited!”
Many of our Guests get to learn about the Disney Conservation Fund when exploring the Parks, but there are many unique ways to donate to the Disney Conservation Fund. Below is a list of a few of my favorite, less-known ways to donate!
Fun Ways to Donate to the Disney Conservation Fund:
- Buy a Flat White Latte at Starbucks – Next time you are at Animal Kingdom, stop by Creature Comforts (Starbucks) and purchase a Flat White Latte. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the endangered Cotton-top Tamarins. You can also visit these cute monkeys as you sip your latte as they are just steps away from Creature Comforts.
- Take a behind the scenes tour at Animal Kingdom – Animal Kingdom offers a few different tours that take you behind the scenes to get up close with the animals and learn more about Disney’s conservation efforts. For example, the proceeds from the Caring for Giants tour I went on recently all went towards helping African Elephants!
- Buy a mini banner at Nomad Lounge – Nomad Lounge located at Animal Kingdom embraces the spirit of adventure. Upon entering the lounge, you will find banners hanging all over the ceiling. You can also share your own travel adventures and purchase a mini banner for $1. Your mini banner will be displayed in the lounge and $0.85 of it is donated to the Disney Conservation Fund!
I hope you can try out one of these unique ways to donate next time you visit Animal Kingdom. Also know that you can donate to the Disney Conservation Fund at most Animal Kingdom registers and Disney will match 100% (P.S. you can get a commemorative Disney Conservation Fund button).
“You’ve probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us. It’s a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if we will protect our wildlife and preserve our lakes and streams, these things will last us for generations to come.” – Walt Disney