Animal Kingdom’s Science, Environment, and Health Team Is Led Nearly Entirely By Women

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When it comes to Walt Disney World Resort, nobody can deny the popularity of Magic Kingdom. In comparison to any other Disney Park, Magic Kingdom absolutely dominates in terms of the amount of visiting Guests.

However, Animal Kingdom is easily a hidden gem when it comes to Walt Disney World Resort.

The Disney Park may not be as popular as Magic Kingdom, but it has so much to offer visiting Guests. Whether you’re mildly interested in animals or a self-proclaimed Wilderness Explorer, Animal Kingdom has something for everyone.

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Attractions vary from exciting adventures (Expedition Everest, Avatar Flight of Passage, DINOSAUR, etc.) to calm explorations (Na’vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safaris, etc.) to live entertainment (Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond).

But Animal Kingdom isn’t just fabulous due to its fantastic offerings, it’s also a great place to visit because of the research being conducted there. Each animal resident, such as giraffes, gorillas, zebras, and more, all provide research for Disney scientists, proving that Animal Kingdom is more than a theme park.

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For example, did you know that Disney scientists researching at Animal Kingdom have discovered two vocalizations never heard before in elephants? Not only that, but Animal Kingdom has been known to raise declining animal populations, including endangered animals.

The research being conducted at this Disney Park is fundamental, and the bulk of it is being conducted by women!

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It’s no secret that STEM is a male-dominated field. From education to professional spaces, STEM is a field that is reflected mainly by men and is usually an incredibly hostile place for women. However, Veterinary Medicine is one of the exceptions, and it’s no different over at Animal Kingdom.

According to a report by WESH, two-thirds of the Cast Members working on Disney’s Animals,  Science, and Environment Health team are women. This includes everything from hospital keepers to veterinarians to vet technicians. The team is made up of 57 women and 14 men.

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So the next time you take the whole family to Animal Kingdom if your little girl says she wants to grow up to be a veterinarian working at Animal Kingdom, encourage her to do just that!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.