Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Posters of Harambe; Part Two

Today we have Part 2 of Safari Mike's look at the posters of Harambe Village, just a few examples of the amazing detail work that went into the construction of Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Now we take a look at some of the posters geared towards conservation and, again, demonstrating the town of Harambe's "recent" embrace of preserving the wild. We all know ivory poaching is a serious problem and the nearby reserve has lots of elephants and two species of rhinos, so its a problem for the fictional Harambe, as well.

Another sign warding off poachers. This one is a good example of the team's research into the syntax used for signs like this. Its almost Victorian English translation of Swahili.

This not so much a poster as a warning painted onto the side of the Burudika hotel itself. You can find it near the check in for the Tusker House. It is meant to convey a sense that this is the edge of the wild and that civilization does not quite have complete control here.

The Burudika hotel is not the only place for weary travelers to stay. The Hafifu House is right around a fictional corner. Hafifu means "worthless" in Swahili so I actually don't recommend staying there.

Safaris have become so popular at the reserve that a travel agency has sprung up to get you the best deals. Twiga means giraffe. In fact, that is translated for you both on a chalkboard in the Tusker House as well as on the queue for the safari itself.

Here is the Joe Rodhe sign. This beauty is actually in a couple of spots throughout the town. It seems very much like the window panes of Main Street USA. And considering Mr. Rodhe's penchant for unusual jewelry, this seems like a perfect homage to the man behind the park.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

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