Welcome to the 15 day preamble to the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Billed as the “heart of Africa”, the largest animal park in the world thrills with exotic and themed adventures. For the next 15 days, my co-host Beth (@disneymom2jhe of Pursuing the Magic and The Magical Blogorail founder) and I will welcome 15 talented Disney writers as they tell the story of this park. Today, Mike of Jambo Everyone takes us on our first safari, and shares the sights of 1998.
So this story begins in 1989. No, that’s not a typo. Instead, that is the year I first became a member of the Bronx Zoo. A few short months later I began my training to become a docent at that world-renowned institution. It was at this time I began to develop my love of animals, zoos and conservation. I spent a lot of time teaching visitors to the zoo about the animals there and the plight that many of them were suffering from. The goal of the docent was always to teach. The idea being if a person knows about the animal, they will care about it. If a person just sees an animal in real life and not television, they will want to see it protected. And that is the idea behind the modern zoo, as well.
Who better to kick-off 15 Days to 15 Years than Safari Mike @JamboEveryone?! You must visit his “Bwana Blog“, support the Jambo Everyone Conservation Effort, and celebrate all that is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And don’t forget to “Like” him on Facebook!
1999 arrives tomorrow, courtesy of Heidi @HeidiSays, blogger at Heidi’s Head.