The Marine Mammal Center Receives Disney Conservation Grant to Help Save the Most Endangered Seal in the U.S.
(SAUSALITO, Calif. – September 25, 2013) – The Marine Mammal Center has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) in recognition of The Marine Mammal Center’s efforts to save the Hawaiian monk seal species from extinction. This grant will help fund The Marine Mammal Center’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts to give sick, injured and orphaned Hawaiian monk seals a second chance at life. The grant will support The Marine Mammal Center’s scientific research and community education efforts, both of which are vital to the long-term conservation plan for this critically endangered animal, as well as direct animal care supplies.
“With only 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals left in the world, and a population declining at a rate of 4 percent each year, we must do everything we can to save this species,” explained Dr. Jeff Boehm, executive director at The Marine Mammal Center. “Building a dedicated rehabilitation hospital in Hawai’i and working closely with the local community to inspire monk seal conservation, is a vital part of that effort. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund provides essential funds at a critical time and we are incredibly grateful for their generous support.”
The Marine Mammal Center’s 38 years of substantial marine mammal rehabilitation experience, along with more than 10 years of involvement in the recovery efforts of Hawaiian monk seals and contributions to scientific research projects about monk seal health, ideally positions it to lead the charge in the care and conservation efforts of this critically endangered seal.
You can learn more about The Marine Mammal Center’s efforts to save Hawaiian monk seals at: http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/monkseal
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to protect species and habitats, and connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values. Since its founding in 1995, DWCF has supported more than 1,000 conservation programs in 112 countries.
For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature visit http://www.disney.com/conservation.
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