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July 28

July 28, 2010 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates International Year of Biodiversity


“Biodiversity is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us with food, water, fuel, and the other things necessary for our survival.”

On July 28, 2010, to celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity, Disney’s Animal Kingdom held a special celebration at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Special presentations were set up for guests to learn more about the ecosystem, including a meet-and-greet with different animal species, a presentation about agricultural sciences, and a display on the oceans.

July 16

July 16, 2011 – A Lesser Flamingo Chick is Hatched at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Lesser Flamingo

“You could say that less is more for a flamingo chick hatched at Disney’s Animal Kingdom…”

On July 16, 2011, a lesser flamingo chick hatched in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and was the first lesser flamingo to be born in the park’s wildlife reserve. The chick has an interesting backstory, as it hatched and was raised by a group of greater flamingos (a larger species of flamingo than that of the chick). The egg was laid in a habitat near the Tree of Life, and was part of the first laying of eggs by the lesser flamingo species within the park. A decision was made to move the egg to the habitat of the greater flamingos when it was discovered that the eggs the greaters had laid were nonviable. The foster parents then watched and incubated the egg for the remaining 11 days before it hatched, and continued to raise the chick among seven other greater flamingo chicks.

March 8

March 8, 2008 – A Zebra is Born in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Zebra Kidani

“Disney’s Animal Care team has been busy over the past two weeks with the births of two new bundles of joy.”

On March 8, 2008, the newest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom was born. The male Hartmann’s mountain zebra is the first of its kind born in Animal Kingdom and was named Kidani, and was named after the newest expansion to the Animal Kingdom Villas, named Kidani Village. Kidani was born through the collaboration work between Disney and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Population Management Plan’s conservation efforts.

August 24

August 24, 2011 – Male African Elephant is Born at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

ele123234SMALL“We’re proud to report that the elephant herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom got just a little larger with the birth…of our newest calf.”

On August 24, 2011, a male elephant calf was born in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. The calf, named Jabali, is the sixth elephant born in the park, and weighed 311 pounds on delivery. His mother, Vasha, gave birth in 2004 to a female named Kianga. Under close supervision of the dedicated animal professionals, Vasha was artificially inseminated in 2009 and was given extensive pre-natal care around the clock to help ensure a smooth, safe delivery. Helping keep this herd alive is one of the many conservation efforts done at Disney, with the company at the forefront of understanding and protecting endangered elephant species.