Do you ever capture that perfect photo that you know you’ll treasure forever? Well, these Disney Cast Members have done exactly that with some of the animals they work with day in and day out at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The exciting news is that Cast Members were recognized for their photography in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Magazine!
As shared Walt Disney World Cast and Community Facebook page: “Cast Members in Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment were recently recognized in the The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Connect Magazine, showcasing their incredible wildlife photography of animals in our care. The Cast’s connections with the animals made for picture-perfect moments, highlighting the beauty of the animals and their surroundings.”
See the notes below each photo for more information about the animals featured – and the Cast Members who captured these incredible images.
The photo above was taken by Advanced Guide, Julie. “Julie received an honorable mention acknowledgement in The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Connect Magazine for this photo of one of the western lowland gorilla bachelors gathering food around Gorilla Falls Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. She shared, ‘As I was photographing the activity, Spike caught my eye…the light created a silhouette on him and made the valley look so cool.'”
The photo above was taken by Animal Keeper, Jennifer. “Jennifer captured this image of an active springbok at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. ‘I had been wanting to get a nice photo of Trovan for a while,’ Jennifer shared. ‘On this particular day, everything lined up; he was bedded down near some tall grasses, the lighting was perfect, and most importantly, I had my camera with me.'”
The photo above was taken by Animal Keeper, Sugein. “Sugein captured this beautiful picture of our blue crowned laughing thrush at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. These birds are endemic to China and are critically endangered, with only about 300 remaining in the wild. ‘The photo was taken just before noon and the sun was hitting the birds perfectly, showing how beautiful they are,’ Sugein said. ‘The laughing thrushes are always very curious – I was doing bird inventory and they came over to me, probably checking to see if I had any bugs to give them.'”
And to see even more photos featured in the AZA photo contest, click here.
Way to go Disney Cast Members! These are beautiful!