Disney Jane Goodall Institute Collaborate on Conservation Effort

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Thu, 06/14/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Disneynature and the Jane Goodall Institute have announced the impact of the latest Disneynature conservation program See Chimpanzee Save Chimpanzees.  For every moviegoer who saw Oscar the chimpanzee on the big screen during the film’s record-setting run earlier this year Disneynature made a donation to JGI through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund which will profoundly impact JGI’s efforts to conserve chimpanzee habitat grow educational programs for schools and provide care for orphaned chimpanzees. The conservation program will help to protect 129 236 acres (202 square miles) of wild chimpanzee habitat through infrastructure investments in the expanded Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in the Republic of Congo (Congo). Additionally the program will enable JGI to exponentially grow its education program on the importance of protecting chimpanzees reaching an estimated 60 000 children in 100 schools in Congo. The education initiative will extend to the students’ parents and neighbors ultimately reaching nearly half of the country’s population. The program will also provide food and medicine for nearly all of the orphaned chimpanzees at JGI’s Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary for at least the next year. A huge thank you to Disneynature and the millions of people who saw Chimpanzee in its first two weeks ” said Dr. Jane Goodall DBE founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.  “The conservation program See Chimpanzee Save Chimpanzees substantially raised public awareness about the threats facing chimpanzees and their habitat and everyone who saw the film helped the Jane Goodall Institute continue its efforts to protect these amazing beings and their forest home now and in the future. “Disney is proud to work with the Jane Goodall Institute to help advance its work to protect chimpanzees and their habitat for generations to come ” said Alan Bergman president The Walt Disney Studios. “The Walt Disney Company has a longstanding commitment to conservation and a renewed focus to connect kids with nature. Through Disneynature we are devoted to making films that move educate and inspire audiences.” In addition to marking the first-ever extension to a Disneynature ticket-sales initiative the See Chimpanzee Save Chimpanzees program was supported across The Walt Disney Company. Disney Interactive Media Group's Animal Kingdom Explorer game Disney Store Disney Cruise Line and Disney’s internal Earth Day engagement efforts all contributed to the program increasing the overall impact on chimpanzee conservation. Additionally proceeds from external collaborations including Alex Woo’s exclusive chimpanzee pendants and reservations made at Starwood Hotels & Resorts through the month of May continue to broaden the impact.