Arlington, Virginia (November 10, 2008) Conservation International (CI) today announced that it has received a contribution from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NYSE: DWA) in support of its conservation efforts to protect the endangered giant panda.
Yesterday in Los Angeles at an event launch for the DVD and Blu-ray debut of DreamWorks Animation's summer blockbuster, Kung Fu Panda, the Company and its Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg pledged $1 million to CI's efforts. CI will use the contribution to jump-start its Giant Panda Survival Plan, a bold blueprint for panda conservation in China. CI, along with the Chinese government and its local community partners, aims to ensure the survival of the giant panda in its natural habitat.
Please visit www.conservation.org/pandas to watch an exclusive video featuring Kung Fu Panda's Jack Black to discover more about the giant panda.
"Kung Fu Panda has raised international awareness about the Endangered giant panda and we thank DreamWorks Animation for making such a significant commitment to the attempt to secure a future for these majestic creatures by saving their homes and understanding their way of life," said Peter Seligmann, the CI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "From earthquake recovery efforts to satellite mapping of the species' decreasing natural habitat, CI and its partners will put this generous donation toward meaningful and long-lasting efforts to protect the ecosystems on which pandas rely for survival."
"DreamWorks Animation has been closely involved with Conservation International for many years and we have great admiration and gratitude for their tireless work on behalf of this endangered species," commented Jeffrey Katzenberg. "We are pleased to align Kung Fu Panda with CI's efforts to help educate kids and families about the important issues facing the beloved giant panda population."
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