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Where to find the animals in ‘Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’

Where to find the animals in ‘Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’

Have you seen the Disney+ show, Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

The unscripted series debuted in 2020 on the streaming service and was a huge hit.

It’s a docuseries giving a behind-the-scenes look into the animal-care experts, veterinarians, and biologists who take care of the different species at Animal Kingdom, Animal Kingdom Lodge (including Kidani Village and Jambo House), and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium.

If you’re wondering where you can find the animals featured in the docuseries, you’ve come to the right place.

  • It’s important to note that sometimes you won’t see the animals from the show. Why? It may depend on the time of day, the animals may be receiving care, they may have sadly passed away, or they may have been relocated, among other reasons. We will update this post to the best of our ability if or when we learn any of the animals are no longer at the park.

Now, here’s where to find the animals in Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (and a few others).

Season 1

Episode 1 – “Kenya, the Gutsy Giraffe”

Kenya – Masai Giraffe

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
kenya giraffe magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Mac – African Elephant

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Caring for Giants tour (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
mac elephant magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Popcorn – Rescued Chicken

Popcorn, the rescued chicken, sadly passed away, according to Attractions Magazine. Popcorn used to reside in Affection Section at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

popcorn chicken magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 2 – “Happy Birthday, Gino!”

Gino – Western Lowland Gorilla

  • Location: Gorilla Exploration Falls Trail (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
gino gorilla magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Kinsey – Alpha Lioness

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
kinsey alpha lioness magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Darby – Spotted Eagle Ray

  • Location: SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)
darby spotted eagle ray magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Santiago and Emmett – Macaws

  • Location: Winged Encounters (Discovery Island, Animal Kingdom)
santiago emmett macaws magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 3 – “Betty and the Beast”

Clementine and Prima – Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
clementine prima zebras magic of dinsey's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Betty and Mentari – Babirusa

  • Location: Oasis (Animal Kingdom)
betty babirusa magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Lou – Manatee

  • Location: SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)
lou manatee magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 4 – “Meet the Mandrills”

Linus – Mandrill

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
linus mandrill magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Scooter and Zawadi – Hyenas

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
Scooter and Zawadi hyenas magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Sohni – Sumatran Tiger

  • Location: Maharajah Jungle Trek (Asia, Animal Kingdom)
sohni sumatran tiger magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Cassanova – Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

  • Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge
cassanova Abyssinian ground hornbill magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 5 – “Aardvark Love!”

Willie and Peanut – Aardvarks

  • Location: Affection Section (Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Animal Kingdom)
Willie and Peanut aardvarks magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Badru – Black Rhino

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
Badru black rhino magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Lil Joe – Manatee

  • Location: SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)
lil joe manatee magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Mr. Campbell – Nile Crocodile

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
mr. campbell nile crocodile magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 6 – “Peri’s Prickly Pregnancy”

Peri – Porcupine

  • Location: Discovery Island Trail (Discovery Island, Animal Kingdom)

Note: Sometimes the porcupines aren’t out because the flotillas scare them.

peri porcupine magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Anala – Sumatran Tiger

Anala used to be located on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia, but, as reported by Spectrum News, was moved to the Honolulu Zoo in July 2022.

anala sumatran tiger magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Stark – Steenbok

  • Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge
stark steenbok magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Dugan – Southern White Rhino (he also appears in Episode 8)

Dugan, the Southern White Rhino who could be seen on Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Up Close with Rhinos tour, sadly died in June 2023.

dugan white rhino magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 7 – “The Big Egg Switcheroo”

Nadirah – African Elephant

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Caring for Giants tour (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
Nadirah african elephant magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Harry – Rescued Green Sea Turtle

  • Location: SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)
harry rescued green sea turtle magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Alika – Colobus Monkey

  • Location: Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
alika colobus monkey magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Carri and Bones – Endangered Vultures

  • Location: Discovery Island in front of Tree of Life (Animal Kingdom)
carrie and bones endangered vultures magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 8 – “Baby Gorilla Grace”

Flash – Whitespotted Bamboo Shark

  • Location: SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)
flash whitespotted bamboo shark magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Grace – Western Lowland Gorilla

  • Location: Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
baby grace gorilla magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Gus – Hippo

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
gus hippo magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Season 2

Episode 1 – “Giraffic Jam”

Kenya, Mara, Lily, Humphrey – Masai Giraffes

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
giraffes on kilimanjaro safaris
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Kimberly Byrne

Ghidra – Komodo Dragon

  • Location: Maharajah Jungle Trek (Asia, Animal Kingdom)
ghidra komodo dragon at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Rosie, Tuma, Greta, Ramona, Viviana – Nile Hippos

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
hippos greta and tuma at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Tolstoy – Loggerhead Sea Turtle

  • Location: SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)

Rose – Katahdin Sheep

  • Location: Affection Section (Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Animal Kingdom)

Thierry and Antione – Collared Brown Lemur

  • Location: Near foot of the Tree of Life (Discovery Island Trail, Animal Kingdom)
collared brown lemur at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Kimberly Byrne

Episode 2 – “Sea You Later, Turtles!”

Mac and Nadirah – African Elephants

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Caring for Giants tour (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
mac the elephant at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Harrison Cooney

Spike – Western Lowland Gorilla

Spike was sadly euthanized at the end of this episode, but we felt like we should still mention him since he was a big part of the emotional episode. You can find other Western Lowland Gorillas in the area he once inhabited on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail in Africa.

spike the gorilla at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles

  • Location: Vero Beach (these turtles don’t permanently live here, but come here to lay eggs; there are also rescued/rehabilitated turtles that are released back into the ocean)
turtles being released at vero beach
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Harrison Cooney

Lily – Shetland Pony

  • Location: Tri-Circle-D Ranch (Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort) and Magic Kingdom during parades pulling Cinderella’s coach
lily the shetland pony at fort wilderness resort
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Harrison Cooney

Episode 3 – “Sea Turtle SOS”

Kinsey, Kamari, Dakari – Lions

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
lions on kilimanjaro safaris
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Mylo – Southern White Rhinos

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Up Close with Rhinos tour (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
mylo the southern white rhino at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Green Sea Turtles

The Green Sea Turtles featured this episode were released back into the wild following receiving care at Disney World.

rescued green sea turtle at disney world
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Destefino

Heidi and Trooper – Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras

  • Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge
zebra heidi and trooper at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Grace – Western Lowland Gorilla

  • Location: Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
grace the gorilla on kilimajaro safaris
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 4 – “Okapi Bundle of Joy”

Logan – Raven

  • Location: Feathered Friends in Flight! (Asia, Animal Kingdom)
logan the raven at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Kimberly Byrne

Olivia and Beni – Okapi

  • Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge
olivia the okapi at animal kingdom lodge
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Alicia – Blacktip Reef Shark

  • Location: SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)
alika the blacktip reef shark at the seas
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Kimberly Byrne

Princess, Eebi, Tammy, Cleo – Mandrill

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
mandrill at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Jeremy Mines

Episode 5 – “Gorilla Divemaster”

Charlie – Roan Antelope

  • Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge
charlie the roan antelope at animal kingdom lodge
Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Badru – Black Rhino

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
Badru black rhino magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Lilly, Grace, Ada – Western Lowland Gorilla

  • Location: Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
ada the gorilla at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Phantom, Dracula, Mummy, Frankenstein, Creature, Wolfman – Galapagos Tortoises

  • Location: Discovery Island Trail (Discovery Island, Animal Kingdom)
galapagos tortoise at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Episode 6 – “Flocks of Love”

Lily – Masai Giraffe

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
lily the masai giraffe on kilimanjaro safaris
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Harrison Cooney

Gino – Western Lowland Gorilla

  • Location: Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
gino gorilla magic of disney's animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Oswald, Alfred, Riddler, Luke, Bruce, Hugo – African Painted Dogs

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
african painted dogs on kilimanjaro safaris
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Sandy, Blush, Bashful – Lesser Flamingos

  • Location: Discovery Island Trail (Discovery Island, Animal Kingdom)
sandy, blush and bashful lesser flamingos at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Harrison Cooney

Bruce – Paroon Shark Catfish

  • Location: channel near Tree of Life (Discovery Island Trail, Animal Kingdom)
bruce paroon shark catfish at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 7 – “That’s Amore Eel”

Tequila – Nile Hippo

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
tequila the hippo at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Hank – Gopher Tortoise

  • Location: Backstage at the SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)

Sigsbee – Green Moray Eel

  • Location: Backstage at the SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)
sigsbee the eel at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Harper and Melaka – Northern White-Cheeked Gibbons

  • Location: habitat near Kali River Rapids (Asia, Animal Kingdom)
harper and melaka in asia at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Steve the Martin and Sharon – Nesting Purple Martins

  • Location: bridge and water area leading to World Showcase (Epcot)
nesting purple martins at epcot
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Kimberly Byrne

Episode 8 – “Chilled-Out Cheetahs”

Newton and Bentley – Meerkats

  • Location: Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
meerkats on gorilla falls exploration trail at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Asha – Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
zebra on kilimanjaro safaris
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Jeremy Mines

Flamingos

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
flamingos on kilimanjaro safaris
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Kimberly Byrne

Pumpkin and Spice – Warty Frogfish

  • Location: SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)

Episode 9 – “Giant Leap for Rhinokind”

Dugan, Logan, Lola – Southern White Rhino

Dugan, the Southern White Rhino who could be seen on Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Up Close with Rhinos tour, sadly died in June 2023.

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Up Close with Rhinos tour (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
logan on kilimanjaro safaris
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Camilla – Common Ostrich

  • Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge
camilla the common ostrich at animal kingdom lodge
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Kimberly Byrne

Amber – Cotton-Top Tamarin

  • Location: Discovery Island Trail (Discovery Island, Animal Kingdom)
cotton top tamarin at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Juniper – Addax

  • Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

Lil Joe – Manatee

  • Location: SeaBase Aquarium (The Seas Pavilion, Epcot)
lil joe the manatee at epcot's the seas
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Kimberly Byrne

Bodie – Common Warthog

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
warthogs at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of Disney

Episode 10 – “Gesundheit, Jolo!”

Nadirah, Luna, Vasha, and Kianga – African Elephants

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Caring for Giants tour (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
nadirah african elephant kilimanjaro safaris
Photo courtesy of Disney

Amy, James, Kevin, Kelvin – Crested Couas

  • Location: Backstage at the Avian Research Center (Animal Kingdom)
crested coua at disney's avian research center
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Kimberly Byrne

Jolo -West Indian Manatee

Jolo is a rescued wild manatee who was transported to Disney World for long-term care. Jolo was released back into the wild at the end of the episode.

jolo the rescued manatee at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Maathai, Murie, and Fossey – Cheetahs

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)
cheetahs at animal kingdom
Photo courtesy of National Geographic/Alex Vieira

Ben – Eland

  • Location: Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa, Animal Kingdom)

Animal Maps

We’ve made maps for each land in Animal Kingdom where you can find animals.

Tip: You can also find select animals in the My Disney Experience app under the “attractions” category. 

Oasis

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  • Babirusa
  • Black-Necked Swan
  • Southern Giant Ant Eater
  • Reeve’s Muntjac
  • Rosybill Pochard
  • Chiloe Wigeon
  • Wallaby

Discovery Island

discovery island animal map
  • Cotton-Top Tamarins
  • Flamingos
  • Otters
  • Kangaroos
  • Vultures
  • Lemurs
  • Migratory Birds
  • Galapagos Tortoises
  • Porcupines

Note: If you don’t see any porcupines during your visit, know that sometimes they aren’t out because the flotillas can scare them.

DinoLand

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  • American Crocodile

Africa

Kilimanjaro Safaris

kilimanjaro safaris animal location map

Below is a list of the animals you may see when riding Kilimanjaro Safaris. We say “may see,” because depending on the animal, the time of day, the weather, or the time of year, certain animals might not be out. What makes Kilimanjaro Safaris so fun is it’s a different ride every time!

  • Bongos
  • Okapi
  • Nyala
  • Bontebak
  • Black Rhino
  • Hippos
  • Nile Crocodiles
  • Giraffes
  • Sable Antelope
  • Gazelles
  • Ankole-Watusi Cattle
  • Wildebeest
  • Hyenas
  • African Wild Dogs
  • Mandrill
  • Elephants
  • Greater Flamingos
  • White Rhinos
  • Greater Kudu
  • Scimitar-Horned Oryx
  • Long-Horned Eland
  • Impala
  • Cheetahs
  • Lions
  • Addax
  • Warthogs
  • Ostriches
  • Nigerian Dwarf Goats
  • Zebras

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

gorilla falls exploration trail animal map

The walking trail features:

  • Okapi
  • Yellow-Backed Duikers
  • Colobus Monkeys
  • Research Center (Naked Mole Rats, snakes, mice, and more)
  • African Birds
  • Hippos
  • Meerkats
  • Zebras
  • Western Lowland Gorillas

Asia

animal map locations in asia at animal kingdom

Feathered Friends in Flight!

Feathered Friends in Flight! is a show you can watch in Asia that feature a range of birds, including (to name a few):

  • Raven
  • Hornbill
  • Parrot
  • Crane
  • Bald Eagle

Gibbons

In the heart of Asia near Kali River Rapids, there is a habitat for:

  • Northern White-Cheeked Gibbons

Siamangs

Near Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe and along on the path to Expedition Everest, you’ll find a habitat for:

  • Siamangs (black-furred gibbons)

Maharajah Jungle Trek

The walking trail is home to:

  • Gibbons
  • Elds Deer
  • Blackbuck
  • Komodo Dragon
  • Bats (Malayan Flying Fox)
  • Water Buffalo
  • Over 50 species of birds (including Peacocks)
  • Asian Tigers

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

rafiki's planet watch animal locations

Affection Section

Some of the domesticated animals at Affection Section, Disney World’s only petting zoo, include:

  • Goats
  • Sheep
  • Cattle
  • Donkeys
  • Pigs

Butterflies at Conservation Station

Rafiki’s Planet Watch has a pollinator garden for butterflies. Here are the different butterfly species you might see around Rafiki’s Planet Watch:

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtails: This is one of the most recognized butterflies in North America due to its large yellow wings with black stripes. It also has a wingspan of up to 6 inches (15 cm).
  • Whites and Sulphurs: Sulphur butterflies can be found year-round in Florida and are usually yellow, orange, or white.
  • Brush-Footed: These often have hairy forelegs that resemble tiny brushes. Species include monarchs, gulf fritillaries (long, narrow orange wings with silvery spots) and the zebra longwing (black with yellow stripes) — the state butterfly of Florida.
  • Skippers: Some skippers are tropical checkered (dark brown wings with small white spots), with long-tailed skippers having bluish-green iridescent bodies). They are also known for being fast.
  • Gossamer-Winged: These are often small and dainty, with brightly colored iridescent wings.

Amphibian, Reptile, and Invertebrate Windows

Inside the Conservation Station, you can check out different amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates, like:

  • Tarantulas
  • Scorpions
  • Millipedes
  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Mantis’
  • Cockroaches
  • Beetles
  • Tortoise

Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo House, Kidani Village

Whether you’re visiting or staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge and its respective Disney Vacation Club Villas (Jambo House or Kidani Village), you’ll also be able to see a slew of African animals, including zebras, giraffes, red river hogs, and so many more.

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These resorts are truly one-of-a-kind thanks to the construction, design, theming, and animals. They’re worth just a visit, to dine, and, of course, to see all of the amazing creatures.

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