Saturday, October 13, 2012

Zebras Make the Headlines at the Animal Kingdom

Zebras are in the news this week, specifically a herd of zebras on their way to Kilimanjaro Safaris.  Today’s Disney Parks Blog has a quick story, but yesterday the Orlando Sentinel put up a great article about them and even featured a beautiful photo gallery of the new residents of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

image copyright Disney 2012

This herd will consist of 15 female zebras, including one Grevy’s zebra, a specie on the endangered list.  They were acquired through an organization called Associations of Zoos and Aquariums and have been going through an acclimation process to get them ready for their on-stage debut.

All animals need to adjust to their new surroundings, however like many mammals it seems zebras have some of their own unique challenges.  Wherever they go, zebras can often try to takeover and bully other animals in their territory.  But they also easily acclimate to many temperatures, including those few chilly winter days in Central Florida.  And let’s face it, people love them.  We spoke to a cast member last month, and it was confirmed to us the herd was doing very well and should be onstage sometime later this month.

For those who don’t already know, the new zebra area is going into the Kilimanjaro Safari ride, and construction has been ongoing in recent months.  The final seen, the “Little Red” seen has past into history soon to replaced by these wonderful zebras.  A great decision, if you ask me!

by Dave McBride @davemcb1897

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