25 years ago one of the best Disney movies, and an all time classic roared into theaters. The Lion King opened in theater June 24th 1994. Since then it has delighted and entertained both kids and adults alike. There is a certain connection we as viewers feel with the animals depicted in the story and of course, center stage is Simba, the lion cub that emerges as the true leader of his pride.
In those same 25 years that the movie has been giving us the Hakuna Matata motto Africa has lost half of it’s lion population. Wildlife Conservation Network, in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, launched the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) in 2017 to halt and reverse this decline and bring back the lion population.
The World Conservation Network has announced a new collaboration with Disney in celebration of The Lion King that will help recover lions in Africa and inspire lion conservation in the hearts and minds of people around the world.
Disney’s support will help the Wildlife Conservation Network’s Lion Recovery Fund and its partners reach its goal of doubling the number of lions in Africa by the year 2050; a goal the LRF seeks to achieve through efforts that engage communities to ensure a future for African wildlife and their habitats. In addition to providing philanthropic support to the LRF, Disney will also promote lion conservation to a global audience in celebration of one of their most successful franchises. By encouraging audiences to “Protect the Pride,” Disney and the Lion Recovery Fund are urging fans and wildlife lovers around the world to participate in lion recovery.
Here are the ways that you can help this amazing and important effort:
Explore The Lion King “Protect the Pride” website
Spread the word
Join the conversation and raise awareness of the crisis facing lions with the hashtags #TheLionKing #ProtectThePride
Donate to the Lion Recovery Fund to protect lions
Working together we can all make a difference and maintain the balance of the Circle of Life,