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BirdLife receives Disney award

Grant aid for globally threatened species projects

BirdLife has been selected by the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund (DWCF) for a $37,300 award for two of its globally threatened species projects.

In South America, $17,400 has been given to help save the Slender Antbird Rhopornis ardesiacus, an endangered species found only in a small area of Brazil's Atlantic Forest. In west Africa $19,900 has been awarded to protect the White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus in Sierra Leone, one of the continent's most enigmatic birds.

BirdLife was selected from more than 240 applications reviewed by scientists, veterinarians and other animal experts. The organisations range from large national groups to small community efforts and in total received $1.4 million in awards, bringing the DWCF total to more than $10 million in conservation projects supported to date."The ability to enable such important work to protect wildlife and wild places is a key component of Disney’s mission," according to Jerry Montgomery, Sr. Vice President of Public Affairs, Walt Disney World. Montgomery oversees the DWCF programme through Disney’s office of conservation initiatives. He said the programmes chosen demonstrate solid science, engage local communities, and measure the impact being made to protect the environment. "We also appreciate the fact that many of our guests who visit Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line contribute to DWCF, showing their own personal commitment to conservation."

Disney pays all overhead costs of the programme and Disney’s corporate outreach programme supplements DWCF awards. For a complete list of Disney Wildlife Conservation projects visit http://www.disneywildlifefund.com.

4th July 2014