Disneynature to Protect Over 50,000 Acres in Amboseli Wildlife Corridor Through Sales of African Cats Movie Tickets

Going green, Wildlife — By on May 4, 2011 at 2:25 am

This week, Disneynature announced that its “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” campaign, launched on Earth Day 2011 with the release of its new nature documentary, “African Cats,” has raised enough money to protect more than 50,000 acres of land in Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor.

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Lion Cub (permission granted by Disneynature)

Moviegoers who saw Disneynature’s motion picture “African Cats” during its opening week (April 22-28, 2011)  donated a portion of their ticket sales to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.  Funds raised will help ensure the future of lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and many other other animals in the African savanna.

With the ticket sales/donations during Earth Day week, Disney can contribute funds to protect an area the size of 100 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Parks, or more than twice the size of Manhattan. The AWF will be working to establish the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by a variety of wildlife.

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Adorable Cheetah Cubs from Disneynature's African Cats (image courtesy of Disneynature)

Alan Bergman, president of The Walt Disney Studios, said:

“We’re so proud that audiences nationwide have embraced the film and the ‘See “African Cats,” Save the Savanna’ initiative.  The conservation efforts Disneynature has supported so far span the globe—from planting trees in Brazil, to preserving coral reef in The Bahamas and now protecting this essential passage in Kenya—they’ve become an extraordinary part of our films and audiences have played a key role in helping our planet.”

In addition to the protection of more than 50,000 acres of the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor from the first week ticket sales from African Cats, conservation efforts are committed also committed to adding at least another 15,000 acres to the program–from the sale of artwork and jewelry inspired by the film, to the sale of Jordin Sparks’ “The World I Knew” single, to the Cast Member Earth Month pledges across the Walt Disney Company.

These programs, many of them ongoing, support the “Save the Savanna” initiative, which will have a positive long term and sustainable impact on the animals and people of Africa.

According to its official press release:

“See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” continues Disneynature’s conservation efforts, which began with its first release, “Earth” (2009), for which three million trees were planted in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The program in support of “Oceans” (2010) helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected areas in The Bahamas, which contain miles of vital coral reef.

Have you seen African Cats?  I took my children last week and we loved the movie!

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