Nature Conservation

ANIMAL PROGRAMS

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Guests can come face-to-face with wildlife at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

We are committed to delivering uncompromising excellence in animal care. Our Animal Programs team participates in cooperative breeding programs with other zoological facilities, works directly in field conservation, provides animal experiences at our theme parks, and offers tours and education programs. Through these activities, we create magical memories for our guests, while also making a difference for conservation around the world.

Every year Disney supports cast members in developing and participating in local, national and international field conservation programs to study and protect wildlife. In one ongoing project, Disney-supported conservation biologists and Proyecto Titi, a conservation organization in Colombia, are working to sustain the cotton-top tamarin monkey population, a species that is critically endangered. Our biologists are combining field research, education initiatives and community-empowered programs to make the conservation of natural resources economically beneficial for local communities in Colombia.

Species Conservation

Disney's Animal Kingdom and The Seas at Epcot are working with other zoological facilities, wildlife organizations and government agencies to promote species conservation through recovery plans, rehabilitation and reintroduction of endangered and threatened species. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), we are a proud and active participant in 34 "Species Survival Plans," AZA's managed breeding programs.

As a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center, Disney Animal Programs supports the rescue and rehabilitation of hundreds of injured and orphaned animals each year. For example in 2010, Disney's conservation and animal professionals, as well as other Walt Disney World cast members, provided aid to threatened sea turtle populations. To learn more about our special relationship with sea turtles, visit the feature story.

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