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AffectionHow many times have your kids gone straight for that dog they see at the park or tried to chase after a bird on the beach, all the while you screaming at them “don’t touch!” Well at Disney’s ® Animal Kingdom your kids and you for that matter can touch, pet, brush, and interact with all of the animals you want at the Affection Section!

Affection Section is the only petting zoo in Animal Kingdom ® and allows guests of all ages to meet –and-greet friendly animals that live in the park like goats, sheep, donkeys, cows, pigs, llamas, chickens and more. Curious kids and interested adults are given the opportunity to pet, brush and feed these domesticated animals at their expansive outdoor home.

This unique petting zoo is just one area of Animal Kingdom’s ® Rafiki Planet Watch, which is devoted to the preservation and conservation of animals. While at Rafiki’s, guests can also take in interactive exhibits, a veterinary facility and more animal encounters at Conservation Station. Here, you’ll enjoy a more in-depth look at animal habitats from around the world and learn about the expert care Animal Kingdom’s ® animals receive.

Conservation Station features more than 10 care areas and Disney ® - themed experiences including:

Animal Encounters Stage: Offers up fun shows starring a rotating cast of animals that take the audience further into the habitats of Disney’s ® wildlife.

Song of Rainforest: A 3D journey through a rainforest where you’ll hear the beautiful sounds of nature.

Veterinary Treatment Room: Here guests can watch through a giant glass window as veterinarians care for the park’s animals.

Backstage Tour: The tour that takes you behind-the-scenes and into the animals backstage habitats through the use of "animal cams".

Character Greetings: Meet your favorite Disney ® characters including Rafiki, Jiminy Cricket, and more.

Eco-Web: You’ll learn about the conservation efforts taking place around the globe and in your community.

Nutrition Center: Guests can watch as handlers prepare and discover the diets of the world’s most interesting animals.

Amphibian and Reptile Center: Let’s you see first-hand tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes and snakes and the Nursery where the newborn animals are cared for.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch also includes Habitat Habit! This outdoor area lets guests stroll along wildlife paths to discover some of the world’s most endangered primates including the cotton-top tamarins. Habitat Habit! also teaches guests how everyone can help with animal conservation.

For an up-close-and-personal experience with some of Animal Kingdom’s ® furriest creatures at Affection Section and the rest of Rafiki’s Planet Watch, look for discounted Walt Disney World ® tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.