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Tuesday
Apr192016

Disney Conservation Fund Includes GLTs in Its New Initiative to Protect the Planet

Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) launches initiative to reverse the decline of threatened species and increase the time kids spend in nature by providing grants to programs around the world

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) today announced a targeted philanthropic commitment to help protect the planet by collaborating with leading nonprofit organizations to help threatened wildlife and inspire a lifelong love for nature in young people. The new initiative, called “Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time”, is aimed at reversing the decline of 10 threatened species and increasing the time kids spend in nature to inspire them to care for the planet. The golden lion tamarin, a tiny endangered monkey found in Brazil’s Atlantic coastal forest, Rio de Janeiro state, is one of the monkey species selected for support by the DCF initiative.  DCF’s investment in Save the Golden Lion Tamarin (a U.S. Public Charity) and its Brazilian sister organization Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado significantly improves the chances of implementing a strategic plan that will keep golden lion tamarins safe from extinction.  For more information, visit disney.com/conservation.

Descendants of reintroduced zoo-born Golden Lion Tamarins living freely in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, Rio de Janeiro state. Photo credit: Andreia Martins, Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado

“We congratulate the Disney Conservation Fund for 20 years of supporting conservation around the world and for their recognition that reversing the decline of endangered species requires long-term commitment of multiple partners, comprehensive strategic planning, and a focus on measurable results,” said Lou Ann Dietz, president, Save the Golden Lion Tamarin. “Disney’s support allows us to move forward with a strategic plan to conserve golden lion tamarins, including restoration of the tamarin population and its habitat, as we work with local communities to combat the threats of habitat destruction.” 

It is our hope that our work, including collaboration with DCF’s “Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time” initiative, will inspire people to care about the nature and protect the planet that we call home for generations to come.  

 

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