Q&A: Speaking with Disney veterinarians, animal keepers about ‘Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’

Season 2 of series now streaming on Disney+

BAY LAKE, Fla. – Do you know what it takes to take care of thousands of different, and very unique animals, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Walt Disney World veterinarians and animal keepers are pulling back the curtain once again with the second season of “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.”

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“There is so much to show and we really have to pick and choose what we’re going to show in each particular episode,” said Dr. Zak Gezon, Disney conservation manager.“ I think we really hit our stride in season 2. We’re able to do these stories that took weeks and weeks to film.”

The docuseries gives audiences an unprecedented access pass to the things happening behind-the-scenes at the animal theme park. The series highlights everyday activities and preventative health measures while also highlighting Disney’s commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and creating experiences that inspire action.

Dr. Zak, Dr. Jen and Dr. Geoff speaking at a Disney Cast Member event at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Disney)

“I think the overall goal is connecting to the next generation through the animals, the environment and the world in a bigger picture,” said Rain, Disney’s animal keeper. “For us to offer perspective of all of the care and passion that goes into them, under managed care, we really want to connect everyone to that.”

This season, audiences see a number of different things including the birth of a new okapi, a giraffe getting an x-ray and even the rehabilitation and release of some stunned sea turtles.

On Wednesday, News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos sat down and talked with Dr. Zak, Dr. Jen, Dr. Geoff and Rain, who were featured in the second season.

See the full interview at the top of this story.

Audiences can see the “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” season 2 now on Disney+ or NatGeo every Friday at 10/9c p.m. for a new episode through March.

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About the Authors:

Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.

Candace joined the News 6 team as the weekend morning meteorologist and reporter. She comes to Central Florida from Miami.