Walt Disney World Cast Members Share the Beauty of Animals in Photo Contest

Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment cast members are the amazing cast members who provide the necessary care to the animals who live at Walt Disney World Resort and other Disney properties around the globe.  The amazing programs allow guests to connect with these beautiful animals within the parks and in nature.  Many of the cast members enjoy taking pictures of the animals and four cast members entered their photos in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ annual photo contest.  The photos showcase the true beauty of the animals within their habitats at Disney locations, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, also located in Florida. We have a look at the photos that were entered below:


First up is one from Jay Ballard, Wild Africa Trek Excursion Guide of a mandrill. (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

Jay Ballard, Wild Africa Trek Excursion Guide – Mandrill

The second is from Meg Pahel, Wild Africa Trek Excursion Guide of an okapi. (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

Meg Pahel, Wild Africa Trek Excursion Guide – Okapi

The third is from Eileen Cicotello, Zoological Manager of a loggerhead turtle. (Disney’s Vero Beach Resort)

Eileen Cicotello, Zoological Manager – Loggerhead turtle at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

The last is from Katelynne Veaudry, Trails Operations of lions. (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

Katelynne Veaudry, Trails Operations – Lions

Aren’t these photos amazing?!?  Which one is your favorite?

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!