Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park opened its doors on April 22, 1998. This zoological theme park not only is home to some thrilling rides & attractions, it’s also home to several wild animals and exotic jungle trails. Its mission is to lead Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to care for animals and the environment as well as to connect people to nature and conserve our natural resources.
As you enter the park, you’ll notice the lush greenery that lines the way to visit and view some wild animals, such as migratory birds, butterflies, and Komodo Dragons to name a few. You’re able to read and learn about these animals. Want to learn more about these wild animals, their habitat, and how to care for them? No problem! Hop on the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. It’s home to the Affection Station petting zoo, Habitat Habit!, an outdoor discovery trail, and Conservation Station. Here you’ll be able to explore animal activities such as the veterinary treatment room, nutrition center, and science center. You’ll get a look at where they care for animals, how meals are prepared, and see what the resident scientists are working on.
Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Wild Africa Trek are also great ways to get of glimpse of these wild animals and learn about them and their environment all at the same time. You’ll experience Kilimanjaro Safaris is an open-air vehicle on a guided tour of the African savanna and the animals roaming free. There are 34 species living in 110 acres of open plains, shady forests, and rocky wetlands. Your guide will be able to share some information about the animals and their natural habitat.
If you feel you’d like a more pointed one-on-one guided tour, you can make reservations for the Wild Africa Trek. It’s a 3 hour privately guided VIP expedition. You'll discover animals of nearly every variety living in the Safi River Valley that resembles their habitat in Africa. Along the way, your guide will share information about the animals you see as well as provide details about the park’s dedication to the animal conversation.
Along with learning about caring for the animals, you’ll learn ways to care for the environment and conserve our natural resources. There are signs and displays on ways that you can help by recycling, reusing, and keeping our environment clean. This is practiced at the park by only using biodegradable paper straws and prohibiting plastic straws, lids, and balloons.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is more than thrilling rides and characters. It’s a place where guests can learn more about wild animals and care for the environment we share at the most magical place on earth.