Commitment to Conservation at Animal Kingdom Park
Walt Disney once said, "Conservation isn't just the
business of a few people. It's a matter that concerns all of us."
Well, Walt's legacy is truly alive today as Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
celebrates it 10 anniversary. Take it from Dr. Beth Stevens, Senior
Vice President, Environmental Affairs. She's responsible for Disney's
conservation efforts at the Park - and far beyond. "In the last 10
years, we've become a recognized leader, locally and globally, for
innovative programs in scientific research, education and conservation
action," said Dr. Beth.
In the last decade, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park has
successfully bred many endangered animals, including rhinos, gorillas,
elephants and many rare birds. The impact is left worldwide.
Disney flew three bongo antelope born at the Park to Kenya to help
reestablish the population there. And two rhinos born here were flown
to Uganda in the first-ever reintroduction of white rhinos from the United
States to Africa.
Cast Members are also making a difference closer to
home. Disney's veterinary pathologist assists with investigations
related to disease in Florida panthers and black bears. And key staff
members have supervised a program to save endangered sea turtles in Vero
Conservation education is also part of the Park's
mission. Middle and high school students can take part in a learning
program on current conservation dilemmas. But education isn't confined
to students. All cast members at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park are
trained to deliver conservation messages to guests. In fact, a count
of 3.5 million guest interactions are being logged every year. As Dr.
Beth puts it, "The Park is carrying on the legacy begun by Walt -
conservation is everybody's responsibility at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park,
not just the business of a few people."