Disney’s Animal Care Team Earns AZA Accreditation

Way to go Disney’s Animal Care Team! This group of dedicated Cast Members once again recently earned their Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Accreditation for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Check out the details below as shared by Dr. Penning on DisneyParksBlog:


As I shared recently, even though Walt Disney World Resort is temporarily closed, Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Cast Members are continuing to provide the best care for our animals. Our team includes experts in animal care, nutrition, veterinary care, conservation, science, and education programs – and all have a special bond to the work they do.

The team develops new forms of enrichment for our lions based on food textures and scents, trains animals to participate in their own medical care, feeds fresh lettuce to hippos and places browse (leafy branches) up high for giraffes. Those are just some of the ways the animal care team goes above and beyond to establish strong relationships with the animals and help maintain their health and well-being. 

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These efforts have not gone unnoticed. Because of this team’s dedication and hard work, Disney is a recognized leader in animal care and conservation. Most recently, that recognition included Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge once again earning accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  

AZA accreditation is the gold standard in animal care, and I’m incredibly proud of the entire Animals, Science and Environment Team for earning this stellar accomplishment. 

Our team is also passionate about conservation. In partnership with the Disney Conservation Fund, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, we’re working to help save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet. Those efforts support nonprofit organizations and the health of hundreds of species, like the Grauer’s gorilla.

I’m so grateful for our ASE team, and I look forward to sharing more stories about the #DisneyMagicofNature.

Source: DisneyParksBlog

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.