The parks are closed to guests– but wildlife still needs to be cared for at Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Disney’s Animal Care Team, which includes vets, nutritionists, conservationists and more, has earned accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
AZA accreditation is the gold standard in animal care. Here’s more about their outlook:
AZA represents more than 230 facilities in the United States and overseas, which collectively draw more than 200 million visitors every year. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums meet the highest standards in animal care and welfare and provide a fun, safe, and educational family experience. In addition, they dedicate millions of dollars annually to support scientific research, conservation, and education programs.
Conservation is a priority for AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and a key part of their mission to save species from extinction. Every year, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums spend $230 million on field conservation alone, supporting projects benefitting more than 800 species in 130 countries. To date, the AZA Conservation Grants Fund has provided $7.7 million in support for 400+ projects worldwide.