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San Francisco, April 20, 2022—The Walt Disney Family Museum is delighted to announce the opening of its next major special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, in celebration of the beloved Disney animated classic’s 55th anniversary. Guest-curated by acclaimed animator

Animals Asia is devoted to ending bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals across Asia. They promote compassion and respect for all animals and work to bring about long-term change. Founded in 1998, the Animals Asia team has been rescuing bears since 1994. They operate award-winning bear rescue sanctuaries in China and Vietnam and are the only organization with a bear sanctuary in China. Their founder and CEO Jill Robinson MBE, Dr.med.vet. h.c., Hon LLD is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on the cruel bear bile industry, campaigning against it since 1993.

Their work focuses on three major programs: End Bear Bile Farming, Cat and Dog Welfare, and Captive Animal Welfare.

Animals Asia is a registered charity with bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam, headquarters in Hong Kong, and offices in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, UK, USA, and Vietnam. They have a total of 303 staff, with 252 based in China and Vietnam, 28 in their Hong Kong headquarters, and 23 across other offices.



Wildlife ACT is a non-profit organization that was established in South Africa in 2010 with a vision to save Africa’s iconic and endangered species from extinction, thereby enabling broad-scale biodiversity conservation. Through strategic partnerships and sustainable funding models, the organization's mission is to implement professional and strategic monitoring and research to enable and inform effective conservation management of wildlife; identify and develop programs within surrounding communities to support wildlife conservation; secure existing protected areas and support range expansion of African wildlife. 

Wildlife ACT’s vulture conservation program works towards the following three main objectives: population stabilization and habitat protection, education and community conservation, and improved advocacy. 

They believe that partnerships are crucial to effectively carry out the work required in this space, and that partnerships bring stability and consistency of approach with the benefits of continuity. As active members of Project Vulture, the Zululand Vulture Project, the Bearded Vulture Task Force, and the South African National Vulture Task Force, these objectives and the work that Wildlife ACT does to achieve them are guided by the Multi-species Action Plan to conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP), and contribute to the Biodiversity Management Plan for Vultures in South Africa. 


Jane Goodall Institute

Chimpanzees and other wildlife rescued by the Jane Goodall Institute find a new home at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of the Congo. Many orphaned by the international illegal wild meat and pet trades, these chimpanzees receive expert care and rehabilitation by Tchimpounga’s staff and are adopted into new chimpanzee families. Tchimpounga also stands as a beacon against wildlife crime through a “Triangle Approach,” which supports relationships with law enforcement and partnership with communities to address the drivers of the illegal trade through sustainable livelihoods, public awareness, and environmental education. 

Founded in 1992, Tchimpounga is one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries across countries in Africa, having provided care to more than 200 individuals. Located within the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve, Tchimpounga’s chimpanzees are cared for at a main sanctuary site, as well as three forested island sanctuary sites by Dr. Rebeca Atencia, JGI-Congo’s executive director, and a dedicated team of expert caregivers. 

Tchimpounga’s staff provide individualized care plans for each rescued chimpanzee while supporting and ensuring their welfare as they are integrated into communities of other chimpanzees, many of whom are unrelated to one another. Tchimpounga is also home to the Chimpanzee Welfare Index, created by Dr. Atencia (based upon the Great Ape Welfare Index by Amanda Fernie) which rates welfare across criteria ranging from social, psychological, and physical well-being. Connected with local communities, the work at Tchimpounga extends beyond the sanctuary through a holistic approach that tackles the drivers of illegal trade like poverty and lack of available information. By investing in locally grown fruits for the chimpanzees, supporting law enforcement agency confiscations of endangered wildlife, and offering school-based educational programs for youth as well as information billboards, JGI is making great strides in the work to end the trade for good. The facility has also successfully rescued, rehabilitated, and released several groups of mandrill monkeys, pangolins, and a variety of other animals. 

We build on the work of our model facility at Tchimpounga, as well as on Dr. Goodall’s inspiring thought leadership, writings, and advocacy to improve non-human animal welfare globally. Through innovations in captive care, advocacy and cross-sectoral partnerships, JGI makes sure that every chimpanzee is provided the respect and quality of life they deserve. Through their care model and evaluation system known as the Chimpanzee Welfare Index, JGI is proud that every chimpanzee in Tchimpounga is at or above 97% for positive welfare—which has continued to increase since its implementation. The model is one they share to improve the standards and wellbeing of captive apes around the world. 


Panthera Africa is a non-profit organization founded by Lizaene Cornwall and Cathrine S. Nyquist. The name Panthera Africa is inspired by the passion Lizaene and Cathrine have for the four pantheras: panthera leo, the lion; panthera pardus, the leopard; panthera onca, the jaguar; and panthera tigris, the tiger. 

Panthera Africa is an environmentally-friendly sanctuary for any captive-bred rescued big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives. 

One of Panthera Africa’s main purposes is to be an educational platform to create awareness about the conditions big cats face in captivity, how together we can end this exploitative industry, and how holistic animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. They are a true sanctuary where no hands-on interaction, breeding or trading takes place. They are a blueprint of how a non-profit sanctuary focusing on animal welfare can become self-sufficient, and aim to assist in changing breeding facilities into sustainable, ethical projects where possible. Panthera Africa believes in the connection between both environmental and wildlife conservation, and aim to become the first green big cat sanctuary in South Africa that runs solely on solar energy. 

Panthera Africa has found its 110-hectare paradise with a beautiful home for their animals, staff, founders, and the many volunteers who visit. The land is filled with lots of large trees, a natural spring and an amazing 180-degree mountain view. Panthera Africa strongly believe in the saying “In unity there is strength” and by standing together—human and animal—they believe in the possibility of a prosperous future for big cats. 


FOUR PAWS is a 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. The sustainable campaigns and projects of FOUR PAWS 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 and disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, UK, USA, and Vietnam and sanctuaries for rescued animals in 11 countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. FOUR PAWS sanctuaries provide species-appropriate homes for animals rescued from improper keeping conditions from all over the world, including neglected zoos, circuses, or other forms of private keeping. Each FOUR PAWS sanctuary maintains the highest standard of care for its rescued animals.

Bears and big cats that have grown up under human influence, unfortunately, cannot be released into the wild. In captivity, they lose vital instincts they need to survive, especially learning how to hunt and scavenge for food. Many of the rescued bears and big cats often display severe behavioral disorders due to their former caged existence and require the special attention of FOUR PAWS animal caretakers. Animals at all FOUR PAWS sanctuaries will never be bred, sold for profit, or traded to other sanctuaries, zoos, or any other animal practice or trade. Animals rescued by FOUR PAWS find a home at its sanctuaries for life.

FOUR PAWS sanctuaries for bears and big cats are in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Jordan, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Vietnam and are open for visitors to educate on global animal welfare issues.


San Francisco, July 24, 2020—The Walt Disney Family Museum is delighted to host Oscar®-, Grammy®-, Tony®-, and Golden Globe®-winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken for an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Streamed live on Thursday, August 6th, this special event will be presented in

San Francisco, March 8, 2022—The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to debut 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, this original exhibition features painted

Special Events
Thu, Apr 21 | 10–11am

We are pleased to invite our members to enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries on the porch from 10 to 11am, then a members-only preview of our first Cause Awareness Exhibition before it opens to the public. The exhibition opens to the public on Earth Day, Friday, April 22.

Department: Events

Location: San Francisco

Reports to: Director of Events

Status: Full-Time

Date: May 2022

Hours: 40 hours, includes weekends and evenings

FLSA Code: Non-Exempt

Pay Rate: $20-23/hour DOE


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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Apr 16 | 1–2:30pm PT

Across all musical genres, bands have the power to put on a performance that reaches their audiences deeply. Join us as we take a closer look at rock stars throughout animation history, then using traditional hand-drawn animation, we will bring to life our very own rock and roll icon.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Apr 16 | 10:30am–noon PT

Across all musical genres, bands have the power to put on a performance that reaches their audiences deeply. Join us as we take a closer look at rock stars throughout animation history, then using traditional hand-drawn animation, we will bring to life our very own rock and roll icon.