VIDEO: How Disney is Helping To Save Florida’s Coral Reefs
It’s Earth Month and all month long Disney is sharing with us some wonderful ways that the company is working to give back to the planet. We have shared stories about the Rainbow Reef at Aulani, Disney’s Resort in Hawaii as well as fuel-free vehicles at Tokyo DisneySea.
Today, we’re going to introduce you to a team of aquatic and wildlife experts and conservations who have been working to help save Florida’s incredible coral reefs which are suffering from the spread of stony coral tissue loss disease. This disease poses a treat to the survival of over 22 coral reef species.
Disney has joined forces with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums as well as the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Fisheries and SeaWorld to establish the Florida Coral Rescue Center in Orlando, the largest facility of its kind in the US to care for the most vulnerable species of Florida coral.
The Florida coastline is home to Disney Cruise Line making it even more important for Disney to do its part to keep the reefs vibrant and health. At the Florida Coral Rescue Center there is a safe environment where over 745 coral specimens and their offspring can be looked after. The end goal is to one day return these to the ocean so that they can help restore the underwater ecosystems.
This massive effort takes a team of conservation leaders and wildlife experts. One great example is Dr. Andy Stamper who brings years of experience in coral conservation worldwide.
Dr. Stamper has carried out similar work in the Bahamas in conjunction with Disney Conservation which inspired Disney to work with him again. To date, the Disney Conservation Fund has provided nearly $17 million to marine conservation programs spanning every ocean across the globe, including more than 70 grants to help protect coral reefs.
We can’t wait to share more details regarding this and other efforts Disney is taking not just during earth month but year round to protect the planet! Keep following along with us for further news and updates.
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