In pursuit of our long-term goal, we have adopted the following medium-term targets:
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
Recognizing that ecosystems are the basis of the planet's health, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) supports not only the study of wildlife but also protection of habitats, land management plans and community conservation and education. In 2008, DWCF, along with help from Disney Guests, supported 104 projects by contributing $1.845 million to 72 nonprofit organizations working in 43 countries.
Appropriately on Leap Day 2008, the DWCF presented a $250,000 donation to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Amphibian Fund, which supports the breeding and protection of hundreds of amphibian species threatened with extinction. Kermit the Frog also joined the cause by visiting Capitol Hill and taping a public service announcement asking the public to help protect frogs and other amphibians.
The DWCF also helps address conservation needs brought on by crisis situations. Last year, the Fund gave $10,000 to assist in earthquake recovery in China. This contribution helped support the safe housing and care of China's pandas and provided support to the animal care staff that relocated from Wolong Panda Center to the Chengdu Panda Base.
For more information about our charitable giving, please see the Community section of this report.
The world's biodiversity is a key focus for Disney's global animal programs, which through Disney's Animal Kingdom park and The Seas at Epcot work to manage and breed endangered and threatened species. Both facilities are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and are involved in many ôSpecies Survival Plans" (SSPs). AZA SSPs have been instrumental in the cooperative breeding of many endangered animals, including black rhinos, white rhinos, lowland gorillas, African elephants and many rare birds, reptiles, invertebrates and fish. On June 28, 2008, Walt Disney World Resort welcomed an addition to the largest herd of African elephants in North America. Twenty-six-year-old Moyo gave birth to a 327-pound male elephant, Tsavo, the fourth elephant born at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
In September 2008, Disney announced it is donating both cash and staff expertise to help create the first East Africa rehabilitation center for orphaned gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Created through a partnership with The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, the center will care for and ultimately reintroduce gorillas into the wild.