Zebras arrive at Disney
Disney News: Zebras are now part of Kilimanjaro Safaris
Since October, when guests on Kilimanjaro Safaris take the final bend at Animal Kingdom, they come face to face with a reconstructed savannah space with a herd of plains zebra. The zebras, native to eastern and southern Africa, frequent this new watering hole along with other animals, providing a great photographic and viewing opportunity.
Species Survival Plan
Disney’s Animal Kingdom takes part in many conservation programs such as the AZA “Species Survival Plans”. Through cooperative breeding critical species, it is making a difference in their protection. From endangered animals such as African elephants, okapi to gorillas and black and white rhinos, the successful reproduction of species ensures their longevity. The story of the baby rhino that was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is one such success story. In 2006, the rhino was reintroduced to its native habitat in Uganda and since that time has had two offspring. Since 1982, white rhinos were extinct in Uganda due to civil unrest and Disney’s rhino is playing a part in re-establishing the species.
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
Disney supports a number of wildlife programs committed to saving species and protecting natural habitats. In 2011, The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund awarded close to two million dollars to universities and nonprofit environmental groups that supported 92 programs in 40 countries. Programs that have innovative education initiatives and help children value nature and conservation are also strongly supported.