Some of you may know this, but Walt Disney LOVED nature and LOVED animals. Many of his original attractions featured audio animatronic animals, and think of all the Disney animated features that have animals!
Here is one of his many quotes about animals-
“People often ask me where we find our stores about animals… and my answer is that Nature herself writes them. The wonders of nature are endless. Sometimes we can recognize ourselves in animals- that’s what makes them so interesting.”