In Theaters April 18, 2014
See "Bears" April 18-24 and Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation!
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.
Protecting National Parks
Disneynature's "Bears" was filmed in several national parks on the Alaska Peninsula. The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts.
For every ticket sold during "Bears" opening week, April 18-24, Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation to support conservation efforts in our national parks focused on wildlife protection, habitat restoration, and conservation research and education. Funds raised will support special projects like the following:
Wetlands are uncommon in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, yet provide critical habitat for diverse native plants and animals, some found nowhere else in the park. Bears, bobcats, foxes, birds, amphibians, and fish call wetlands home, but these habitats are severely impacted by invasive plant species. This project will allow for invasive plant removal, seed collection, propagation and planting of native species, and educational outreach.
This project will examine black bear movement and habitat use in and surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park by radio-collaring black bears. The park will also develop educational outreach programs for real-time interpretation of black bear movement and conservation challenges as well as curricula for schools.
The Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae) was once the most abundant vertebrate in the mountains of California, but steep population declines during the past century have pushed this species to the brink of extinction. The park will tag and radio-track frogs to identify critical habitats and movement corridors. These efforts will improve the effectiveness of conservation actions undertaken to recover this frog.
To learn more about bears and conservation efforts in national parks visit: nps.gov/bears.
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