Conservation Education Presenters… Stitch is Taking Over

Lately, the Conservation Education Presenter Internship has had more of a focus on Animal Positions, which is a lot of fun! There’s more of a variety of animals to talk about and various conservation messages that we are able to connect to Guests with. More Animal Positions means more animal facts to remember, and the Animal Kingdom Mystery pins are a bit of help on the subject. There are 15 available to collect, and each mystery box (which is about $12.95 if I remember correctly) comes with 2 pins, with part of the proceeds donated to Disney’s World Wildlife Fund. Even more exciting is the fact that they connect with many of the positions we staff as Presenters.

One of the really neat parts of being a presenter is standing at the front of Animal Kingdom with bug boxes every morning. It depends on what the Herpotology/Invertebrate Team brings down for us, but there’s always an assortment of critters. Tarantulas, scorpions, dung beetles, spiders, grasshoppers, vinegaroons, millipedes, cockroaches, African bull frogs, and snakes all make the list. The mystery pin collection highlights this position with Stitch…


Animal Kingdom Mystery Pin-Stitch with Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula

The pin shows Stitch holding a bug box and the card gives a bit of background and describes where the animal (in this case, a Mexican Red-Knee Tarantula) can be found in the park.

“Location at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Conservation Station (and featured in ‘It’s Tough to be a Bug!’)

Location in the wild: Central Pacific coast of Mexico

Diet: Insects, lizards and amphibians”

The back of the card gives additional animal information and usually has a conservation message thrown in to the mix…

Back of Mystery Pin Card

“Mexican red-knee tarantula

Talk about a serious hair ball! Some tarantulas, like the Mexican red-knee, can use their hairs for defense. Using their back legs, they flick hairs off their abdomen into the face of a predator, giving the tarantula just enough time to escape. Tarantulas also use their hairs to sense things around them. Because of their beauty, some tarantulas have been over-collected for the pet trade and are now endangered. Research possible pets before you buy, to avoid harming wild animal populations.”

If you find yourself talking with an avid pin collector, it’s a great subject to bring into the conversation. A lot of kids love collecting, so why not learn a bit about the animals while you’re at it? They can make it a challenge too, to find the animals in the park that they receive in their mystery box. As presenters, they’re a lot of fun too, because the pin’s focus, whether by chance or not, focuses around our job position. Stay tuned for the other pins!


2 thoughts on “Conservation Education Presenters… Stitch is Taking Over

  1. Lizzy says:

    I just had a quick question-I was reading you blog since I am interested in an internship in Animal Programs, but I noticed that you posted this one in Feb 2012. Did you do a second internship? Also, while I am not in this for the money (I want to do it for my love of Disney and my passion for animals) but could you estimate approximately how much you make as an intern?

    • ftg09 says:

      I have only participated in one internship (so far). I did, however, remain a Seasonal Disney Cast Member. I did the Spring 2011 Internship and then returned January 2012 to work another week. I’m still in college, and once I get a few more classes under my belt am planning on applying for another. As far as money goes, we’re not supposed to tell people exactly how much we earn. In Animal Programs, you can expect to earn a little over minimum wage (but a whole lot) and to work 40 hours a week. Once you are accepted into the internship, Disney will be able to tell you the details of your hourly wage, and overtime is a time and a half. Also, If you choose to live in Cumberland Park (Disney sponsored housing) your rent will be deducted automatically from your pay. If you’re paying for groceries and everything, you don’t end up making a whole lot of money, but if you’re aware of what you’re spending and saving, you can make some. It’s really down to how you budget yourself. I hope that helps somewhat. If you have any more questions feel free to contact me. I’d love to help out. 🙂

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