New Episode of “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” Shows Animal Care in Action

Have you had a chance to see the first episode of “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” on Disney+? We hope so, because Episode 2 is now streaming and is chock-full of animal adventures, ranging from providing post-natal care to stingray Darby and her pup Hilo at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT, to a surprise birthday party for Gino, a silverback gorilla at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Check out the details as shared below by DisneyParksBlog.


What I really appreciate about this episode is how it shows the special bonds our animal care team has with the animals in our care. Our keepers know each individual animal’s name, can tell you all about their favorite foods, and quickly share endless stories about their quirks and habits. They nurture these precious relationships by observing, feeding and training more than 300 species while providing round-the-clock care to ensure the animals’ health, as well as backstage and onstage environments, are in tip-top shape. 

Gino, a silverback gorilla at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The connections they make are crucial to establish the trust needed to have these animals participate in their own healthcare. 


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I don’t want to give any spoilers for this new episode, but I think you’re going to be truly amazed by breathtaking examples of the team’s labor of love. One of my favorite parts of this episode is watching our primate team throw a birthday party for Gino, the beloved silverback western lowland gorilla from our family troop. I think this party was just as much fun for them as it was for the birthday boy. Here’s a sneak peek:

Hungry for more? Take a deep dive into the world of caring for aquatic animals with this week’s family-friendly activity page, available now through Disney Conservation. And you can find even more behind-the-scenes content from our animal keepers when you follow @drmarkatdisney on Instagram and @DisneyASE on Facebook. 

Source: DisneyParksBlog

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and runDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. There isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 18 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family, we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.