Two animals being cared for at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California have been named after pets from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic after Bronies, fans of the series, raised money in support of the Center. (Courtesy: Wildlife Learning Center)
Bronies, the passionate teenage and adult fans of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, raised tens of thousands of dollars for a pair of online fundraisers.
As News 4 reported in April, acclaimed animator and writer Lauren Faust promoted a fundraiser for the Wildlife Learning Center in California. The fundraiser was to a close a money deficit to help care for injured, abandoned and other wildlife. In a period of just over two weeks, the amount of money raised for the cause jumped from $8,000 to over $25,000.
To help promote the cause to fans of Friendship is Magic, Faust and the Wildlife Center agreed to name animals after pets from the animated series each time a fundraising barrier was reached. Now, a rabbit will bear the name Angel and a tortoise will be called Tank. Before the end of the fundraiser, Faust offered to answer questions about the history and mythology behind the show for a $25 donation.
The documentary “Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony” was released earlier in 2013. Funded by money donated from fans across the world, the documentary followed stories of Bronies as well as took a look at the popularity of the series. Now, the creators of that documentary are hoping to release “The Unreleased Tapes,” which include additional content not used in the documentary. The online fundraising goal of $15,000 has already been reached and surpassed. Some of the stories that may be shared in this extra footage include Military Bronies, more on the fans who dress up based as characters on the show, and even a couple taking their honeymoon at a major Pony convention.
For more on the fundraiser and the documentary, we've provided links below to earlier stories on each topic. Links to the online fundraisers can also be found below.