APRIL 20 2022. Two European Brown Bears play amid a beautiful green backdrop of dense forest underbrush. Bears Luna and Rocco were rescued by FOUR PAWS and brought to BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz in Germany, where they are living out their days as naturally as possible. This is just one image and story of many that will be on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco this month.
The museum is debuting its first Cause Awareness exhibition, Creative Conservation: The Art of Endangered Animals. Presented in conjunction with Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, opening this Summer, this original exhibition features painted creations by rescued and rehabilitated animals and wildlife-inspired artwork contributed by human collaborators.
“FOUR PAWS is honored to be working with such an incredible establishment as The Walt Disney Family Museum. We hope this exhibit invokes that childhood sense of wonder and awe that we all found in Disney stories and inspires action to conserve these beautiful species,”
-FOUR PAWS CEO Josef Pfabigan who plans to visit the museum
The exhibition is co-curated by Tracie Timmer, Public Programs Manager, and Marina Villar Delgado, Director of Exhibitions and Collections for The Walt Disney Family Museum. “With the upcoming opening of Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, we wanted to bring awareness to the plight that so many of the beloved animals featured in this film are facing today,” says Timmer. “We hope that Creative Conservation not only brings much-needed funding to these five wildlife sanctuaries, but also a broader understanding of the many ways endangered animals are being threatened in their own habitats, along with what we could all do to help.”
Creative Conservation will be on view at the museum’s Lower Lobby and Theater Gallery beginning Earth Day, Friday, April 22, and will run through September. Admission to Creative Conservation will be free to the public, with ticket reservation details available on the exhibition webpage beginning in early April 2022. The museum is located at 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129. More information available at waltdisney.org/creative-conservation
FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organization for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need, and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler and friends, the organization advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy, and understanding. FOUR PAWS’ sustainable campaigns and projects focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats, and orangutans – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the UK, the USA and Vietnam, as well as sanctuaries for rescued animals in eleven countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. www.fourpawsusa.org