Disney celebrates its “natural” janitors!
Disney News: International Vulture Awareness Day at Animal Kingdom
Disney plays an important role in conservation and education, as much as it does in entertainment! So for International Vulture Awareness Day, they have removed some of the creepiness attached to this endangered species by allowing guests to try on replicas of a vulture wing, create a vulture mask and even do a meet and greet! Although vultures aren’t as regal as other birds of prey, they are considered janitors of the environment and it’s their scavenging that plays a role in maintaining a balanced eco-system and keeping the earth cleaner and disease-free.
Where to see a vulture
You can see three different species of vultures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom Lodge:
- Lappet-faced vultures: these birds lack a strong sense of smell
- Black vultures: with a five foot wingspan, this species is “smaller” in comparison
- Ruppel’s griffon vulture: these have a winspan of eight feet – over the past twenty years, their population of this highly social bird has declined.
Conservation at Disney
Do you like vultures or find them creepy?