Zazu is the last animal to make an entrance on stage in the “Circle of Life” opening number. Above, we see Zazu in the puppet shop backstage. The puppets visit the station as frequently as EVERY day for paint touchups, feather re-application, and more in order to stay up to Disney standards. The Zazu puppet shown above (and its backup) was recently redone: each feather on the neck was cut out by hand, hand-painted, and glued to the neck, which is a slinky. It took 3 months, from start to finish, to completely re-do two Zazus!