Parks in the Parks
Conservation Champions PART 2
Callie and Landon Parks were helping their new friends Nina and Timmy get to a special appointment at Conservation Station in the Animal Kingdom. But when they arrived at the train depot, guests there were all upset about a lack of water.
“Gus, what’s going on?” Callie asked. Gus looked after the twins when Mom had work to do for her important Disney job.
Gus shrugged. “I’m not sure, but let’s keep going. Maybe we’ll find out more inside.”
Landon led the group down a long path. At the end, they came to a large
building with a huge animal mural—conservation Station.
A cast member named Mindy was there to greet them. “Good to see you again, Callie and Landon!” She gave them high fives.
“And you must be the winners of the conservation contest,” Mindy said. Nina and Timmy nodded proudly. “We’re glad you’re here. Come inside. I’ll be giving you a tour today.”
“Mindy, we heard people talking at the depot. Something about not having water? What’s going on?” Landon asked.
“Oh, a crew had to work on the pipes that supply water to Conservation Station,” Mindy said. “It should’ve been fixed overnight, but something went wrong. It should be fixed by the end of today.”
She led the group inside. “It’s important to take care of our environment,” Mindy said. “One way that we help to conserve nature is by taking care of the animals here. Come on, I’ll show you.”
Mindy led the group to big windows where they saw animal doctors doing checkups. “We take good care of all of our animals here at the Animal Kingdom. Several of the animals here are ‘endangered’. Do you know what that means?”
Timmy raised his hand, “Oh I do! It’s when there are only a few animals of that kind left.”
“Yes,” Mindy agreed. “So we protect them here, let them have babies, and then whenever possible, we let them go back to the wild.”
Callie was fascinated watching the veterinarians work. “I think I want to do that when I grow up,” she whispered to Landon.
But Landon was still thinking about the water problem. “A whole day with no water is a long time,” he said.
“Yeah,” Callie agreed. “How are the animals going to get a drink?”
“And what about the people?” Landon wondered. “I know it’s just a short train ride back to the Africa section, but still… i t’s getting so hot out and…”
Suddenly Landon stopped and tapped Timmy on the shoulder, “Hey, we’ll catch up
with you guys later.” Timmy nodded, listening closely as Mindy talked about why balloons are not sold in Animal Kingdom.
“What are you thinking, Landon?” Callie wondered.
Landon grinned, “I’ve got a plan that solves two problems, Callie. Come on!”
Landon knew what had to be done. But would he and Callie be able t o do it in time?