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Wildlife Wednesdays: ‘Personal Trainers’ Help Goats and Sheep Stay Fit at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on January 4th, 2012 by Matt Hohne, Animal Operations Director, Disney’s Animal Programs


At this time of year thoughts inevitably turn to New Year’s resolutions and getting fit often is one of them. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, ensuring that all of our animals stay in great physical condition – through proper nutrition, training, enrichment and regular veterinary exams – is part of our commitment to excellence in animal care.

Animal Keepers at Disney's Animal Kingdom Help Keep Goats and Sheep Fit Through Personal Exercise Programs, Including Agility

You can say our animals at Affection Section in Rafiki’s Planet Watch, including rare domestic breed sheep and goats, have their own personal trainers – our animal keepers – and personal exercise programs, including agility, which has them jumping through hoops and over bars, and navigating through weave poles and tunnels. All of which helps the animals stay fit and mentally stimulated.

It can be even more fun when the animals decide to “do it their way,” as you’ll see in this video clip shot by our animal care team during an agility training session. Enjoy!

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1

Elizabeth from FL on January 4th, 2012 at 9:22 am

Haha! They are so well trained.

;-)

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Kerry on January 4th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

ha ha! I think it’s the trainers who are “trained”. :)

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Barbara Daniela from ON on January 4th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Thanks! This video really made me smile. It is wonderful to see how well all the animals are cared for at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Greg on January 5th, 2012 at 11:12 am

Animals are amazing.

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Courtney on January 5th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

That is the cutest thing I have seen in awhile! Is this strictly backstage, or can guests observe the personal training live?

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