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Wildlife Wednesdays: Get a Closer Look at the Worlds of Pollinators and our Oceans on Special Days at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and The Seas with Nemo & Friends

posted on May 30th, 2012 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

Next week, guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom and The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot can get a closer look at two amazing worlds—the world of pollinators and the world beneath the sea—during special celebrations.

The World of Pollinators on Special Days at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Butterflies, bees and other pollinators are the focus during the Pollinator Day celebration on June 6 at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Do you like chocolate? Well, chocolate and about 1,000 other plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices and medicines depend on pollinators to grow. Activities on Pollinator Day include the opportunity to see two different types of bees and to learn how to create a pollinator garden.

The World of our Oceans on Special Days at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot

Every day guests marvel at the wonders of the oceans when they visit The Seas with Nemo & Friends. During the World Oceans Day celebration on June 8, there will be even more to see and do – discover the adaptations sharks use to survive; learn the important role marine mammals, like manatees and dolphins; play in the ocean ecosystem; find out what Disney researchers are doing to protect coral reefs; and travel along with a sea turtle hatchling on its journey from its nest to the ocean.

On land and in the sea, nature’s magic abounds.

Upcoming 2012 wildlife conservation events at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (as always, dates subject to change):

  • August 1: Celebrating Primates
  • August 1-31: Cotton-Top Tamarin Month
  • September 5: International Vulture Awareness Day
  • September 26: Elephant Awareness Day
  • October 31: Bat Day

And at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, celebrate International Manatee Day on September 7.

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2 Comments 1 Reply


Steve on May 31st, 2012 at 6:58 am

Is there a complete calendar of these events? Or do they change each year?


Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. on May 31st, 2012 at 9:58 am

So glad you’re interested in our events! Some events occur every year, and we also change out some to introduce new ones. This list is for the remainder of 2012. We’ll be posting the 2013 event list on the Disney Parks Blog early next year.


Steve on June 1st, 2012 at 6:58 am

Thanks for the reply Dr. Ogden. I’ll keep my eyes open for next year’s post!