Disney Conservation Fund Names 2018 Heroes; Awards $5 Million to Conservation Organizations

The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) has awarded more than $5 million in grants to support 76 organizations working to protect nature around the world.

Of that $5M, $782,000 is going to seven Florida-based organizations for academic research, wildlife conservation and habitat restoration. 

Among this year’s grant recipients is the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), which is working to save critically endangered Sumatran rhinos from extinction in Indonesia. There is believed to be less than 80 in the entire world.

These efforts for rhinos are part of a larger conservation commitment that has helped protect more than 400 species through projects spanning half the countries around the world.

The fund also recognizes more than a dozen people around the world with the Disney Conservation Hero award. 13 recipients are being honored for their tireless efforts to save wildlife and inspire communities to take part in conservation efforts.

While the majority of funding for DCF is provided by The Walt Disney Company, it is supplemented by the generous contributions of guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom and other select Walt Disney World Resort locations, sailing with Disney Cruise Line or staying at select Disney Vacation Club resorts. (DCF)

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