Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a break from the fantasy of the park experience. Here the guests are brought back to the world of today and educated about conservation initiatives and how they may become engaged.
Furthermore, Rafiki’s Planet Watch showcases the veterinary services provided at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As the park was being developed, it was imperative to the company that the policies and procedures had to be open and visible. So much so, that guests can watch doctors perform procedures and converse with the guests.
Finally, the guests are able to physically interact with some of the inhabitants at Affection Station. Although they may not be endangered, the ability to interact with the animals on a personal level reinforces the core mission of the park…conservation.