Megan Cross, Global Animal
Millions of people went to see baby Oscar within the first two weeks of Disneynature’s new IMAX film, Chimpanzee. The beautiful documentary follows the adorable Oscar and his chimpanzee family. For each ticket sold during the first couple weeks, Disney made a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to help protect chimpanzees and their disappearing habitat. Thanks to Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund and moviegoers like you, the donations will protect 129,236 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat. That’s about the size of the city of Chicago!
In the Republic of Congo, the donations will also help educate 60,000 children about the important of protecting these primates and their habitats. This education is expected to spread throughout the county reaching almost half of its population.
“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 of Walt Disney Studios.
In addition to the habitat protection and educational programs, the donations will provide a year’s supply of food and medicine for orphaned chimps at JGI’s Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary.
Additionally, proceeds from external collaborations, including Alex Woo’s exclusive chimpanzee pendants and reservations made at Starwood Hotels & Resorts through the month of May, will help raise the awareness and impact of chimpanzee protection.