Season 2 of “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” on National Geographic will officially debut on January 1, 2023. All episodes will launch on Disney+ on January 4.
The debut is being advertised as part of Disney 100 Years of Wonder celebration.
The 10-episode season promises to “explore the magic of nature within Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT and Tri-Circle-D Ranch, which hold more than 300 species and 5,000-plus animals.”
Synopses for each episode can be found below.
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Giraffic Jam”
Sun, Jan. 1 at 8/7c on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD
Giraffes on the savanna hold up guest traffic and find a way to get more food from keeper Rory; Tolstoy the 100+ year old loggerhead sea turtle undergoes treatment to help him eat properly; a new hippo Rosie attempts to make friends with the rest of the bloat; and an aging collared brown lemur celebrates his birthday in style.
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Sea You Later, Turtles!”
Sun, Jan. 1 at 9/8c on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD
Love is in the air as Nadirah and Mac the elephants go on their first date, and hopefully create new life. Lilly the Cinderella pony fulfills her destiny and makes a bride’s dream come true. Tiny wild turtles hatch at Disney’s Vero Beach, and Spike the gorilla struggles with the lasting effects of a dangerous infection and severe osteoarthritis.
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Sea Turtle SOS”
Fri, Jan. 6 at 10/9c on National Geographic
A group of rescued wild sea turtles arrive at EPCOT in need of urgent medical care before being released back into the ocean, a young rhino receives special treatment backstage after he cracks his horn, the Disney team creates a new chew toy to entertain the lion pride, and Heidi the Hartmann’s mountain zebra gives birth!
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Okapi Bundle of Joy”
Fri, Jan. 13 at 10/9c on National Geographic
Olivia the pregnant okapi has a successful ultrasound scan and delights her keepers by giving birth to a healthy baby, Logan the raven learns some new tricks before wowing audiences during his stage show, Princess the elderly mandrill arrives at the park in search of a new home and family, and Disney’s first blacktip reef shark prepares to join the main underwater environment at The Seas.
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Gorilla Divemaster”
Fri, Jan. 20 at 10/9c on National Geographic
A western lowland gorilla takes a road trip to receive pioneering hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a black rhinoceros is fitted with a fitness tracker to study his movements, the veterinary team investigates what might be causing a roan antelope to drastically lose weight, and the Galápagos tortoises celebrate their tenth birthdays with a wild party!
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Flocks of Love”
Fri, Jan. 27 at 10/9c on National Geographic
Lily the Masai giraffe needs an X-ray to determine if she’s broken her toe, but she’s reluctant to be anesthetized. The park’s tight-knit pack of painted dog brothers must be separated to get their annual health check. And at the Tree of Life, the lesser flamingo flock gets a visit from the stork with a very cute addition for Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: That’s Amore Eel”
Fri, Feb. 3 at 10/9c on National Geographic
Sigsbee the anemic green moray eel gets a health check, Tequila the Nile hippopotamus has a painful toothache, and Hank the wild gopher tortoise digs herself a new home on Disney grounds. Then the granddaddy of the resident purple martin flock, Steve, disappears without a trace! And Harper, a beloved white-cheeked gibbon, prepares to leave the park to start her very own family.
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Chilled-Out Cheetahs”
Fri, Feb. 10 at 10/9c on National Geographic
A young zebra undergoes urgent abdominal surgery after an encounter with an eland’s horn, two meerkats jostle for top position in the meerkat mob, a frogfish is given a bone graft to mend his broken jaw, and the Disney Imagineers build a motorized ball to help keep a trio of chilled-out cheetahs entertained.
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Giant Leap for Rhinokind”
Fri, Feb. 17 at 10/9c on National Geographic
A critically endangered antelope is losing weight fast and needs urgent surgery, a baby rhino takes her first steps out on the savanna to meet her extended family for the very first time, a dig-happy warthog gets the perfect piggy pedicure, and a beloved manatee struggles with a toothache – time to visit the dentist!
“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Gesundheit, Jolo!”
Fri, Feb. 24 at 10/9c on National Geographic
Jolo the rescued manatee battles a potentially deadly parasitic infection that puts her release into jeopardy, Kianga the elephant throws a temper tantrum in the pool, Maathai the cheetah has tummy troubles that must be investigated, and Kevin the crested coua chick shows his keepers how to keep his food on target.
Filmed over five months, this series highlights the magic found in every crevice of the animal kingdom, diving into the details of our parks and one of the world’s most advanced animal health facilities.
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