Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Nov 17, 2020
    Jennifer from MT Asked

    Is there a place where my kids can learn individual names of the animals at AK park and/or Lodge (like Kenya the giraffe)? They have been watching the Disney + series and wanted to know as many of them by name as they could when we come on our next trip!

    Hi, Jennifer!  Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney!

    I'm so glad to hEAR that you and your family are enjoying Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom on Disney+.  My daughter and I have also been captivated by this informative and touching series that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how Cast Members care for the animals that call Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park their home.

    As you get ready for your next visit to Walt Disney World Resort, your kids can find a list of all the Disney Animals by using this link.  Although this webpage does not mention the individual animals' names, it does list each species of animal and where they can be found in the theme parks.  If you and your Wilderness Explorers wish to know more about the Disney Animals, including some of their names, I recommend chatting with any Cast Members that you encounter at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.  I am always amazed by how knowledgeable and passionate the Cast Members are about the creatures that are in their care.

    During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, many tours and experiences are unavailable.  However, I recommend keeping an eye on the Enchanting Extras Collection: Know Before You Go page to see when certain special experiences are once again offered.  There are many tours and nature experiences involving animals that your family might be interested in when they reopen. 

    A couple of yEARs ago, I had the opportunity to experience Up Close with Rhinos.  During this fascinating encounter, I met a white rhinoceros named Helen and the Cast Members who care for her.  I learned so much about the behavior of Earth's second-largest land animal and the challenges they face in the wild.  The highlight of this experience was when Helen let my friends and I pet her.  Imagine my delight when I then saw Helen make an appearance on Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom a few weeks ago!

    Jennifer, I hope that you and your children will also have an opportunity to make a special connection with some of the animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park on your next visit.  Have a wild time!
    Samantha
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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