The Science of Disney: Celebrating International Day of Women in Science
February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day is designed to celebrate women and girls in science and their accomplishments as well as recruit even more ladies into Science fields. Disney has chosen to highlight some of their team of women scientists who handle Disney’s animal, science and environmental work. According to Disney, more than 70% of science and conservation roles are held by women.
Scientific Cast Members work to advance animal science everyday at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and in the wild. These ladies not only provide much needed research in the labs, but also provide medical care and training to the animals. Dr. Shana Lavin and her team are working to successfully breed endangered species as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The births of the new zebra foal and colobus infant at Animal Kingdom are because of her work.
Conservation programs are extremely important to Disney. Dr. Lily Maynard’s team has helped to save the monarch butterflies from extinction. Dr. Maynard is the product of Smith College (an all girls school) and graduate work at the University of Florida. Her passion is introducing girls to STEM careers.
Cast Members like Dr. Lavin and Dr. Maynard are essential to helping Disney achieve their environmental goals. Disney strives to protect wildlife, protect wild spaces and teach children and adults alike the importance of conservation. You can learn more about the Animal, Science and Environment team at DisneyAnimals.com and Disney.com/conservation.
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