Learn about animal conservation at Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Baby Gibbon ©The Walt Disney Company

Baby Gibbon ©The Walt Disney Company

Disney Vacation Guide to Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a nice  calm section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, dedicated to the conservation and preservation of animals. Get an up close look at how things work behind the scenes at the Animal Kingdom and participate in some fun activities while learning thing or two about animals.

All aboard the Wildlife Express!

The only way to get to Rafiki’s Planet Watch area is aboard the rustic African Wildlife Express Train which departs from the Harambe, Africa train station every 5-7 minutes. (On the ride, you’ll get to see quite a few animal care and housing areas.)

Once at the Rafiki Planet Watch area, get an up-close look at the inner workings of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park while taking part in fun-filled, educational activities that help create awareness of animal issues.

Habitat Habit!

Stroll along this fun wildlife trail and be entertained by one of the world’s most endangered (and engaging) primates – South American cotton-top tamarins! Learn about how everyone no matter how old or young can help out with animal conservation efforts.

Affection Section

Brush the gentle goats and sheep, feed the chickens, llamas and other friendly animals roaming around this quiet petting zoo. This is the only place in the park where little ones get a chance to have a hands-on experience with many small domesticated furry friends.

Tip: This attraction is all outdoors and can get very hot. Visit early in the day for a more enjoyable experience.

Conservation Station

This is the place to go if you want a seriously thorough look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Animal Kingdom. Check out the live animal cams and see what animals do when they think nobody’s watching! Animal operations happen here early in the day as does a lot of exciting activity. Catch the first train of the day so as to not miss anything good!

Before you leave

Stop at the “Out of the Wild” shop to pick out a conservation-themed souvenir or a quick snack.

Tell us…

If you could be any kind of animal, what would it be and why?