The Lion King Protect the Pride Campaign Comes to Walt Disney World

The Lion King is set to release in theaters in July and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will play a part to support the conservation of lions and other wildlife across Africa.  The animated version of The Lion King was released 25 years ago and since then Africa has lost half of its lions, with only about 20,000 remaining. Disney previously announced their commitment to help address this issue that is facing lions and the other African wildlife by supporting the Wildlife Conservation Network’s Lion Recovery Fund (LRF).  Disney has also already donated more than $1.5 million to LRF as part of the Protect the Pride Campaign.  Disney will also make additional grants and invite fans to help double the donation to make a total contribution of up to $3 million.  The goal for these funds to help double the number of lions in the wild by 2050.


Check out this video about the effort:

Guests can help protect the pride by visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida during the opening week of The Lion King (July 19th through 25th, 2019) and ride Kilimanjaro Safaris.  For every guest who rides the attraction, Disney Conservation Fund will donate $2 for an amount up to $350,000 to the Wildlife Conservation Network to support the Lion Recovery Fund.

There will also be special products available for purchase to support the Protect the Pride campaign.

Who would love to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris and support this amazing effort?

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog


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