Sunday, September 29, 2013

Episode 10 of Radio Harambe; FastPass Plus

JAMBO and thank you for listening to Episode 10 of Radio Harambe!  Dave is joined by Safari Mike to discuss booking FastPass Plus, especially for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The hosts also talk about the news, including some conservation issues, and they go into detail over a new rumor concerning a potential expansion to the Africa section of the park.


For more info, visit us at jamboeveryone.com or join us on Twitter @RadioHarambe. Asante Sana!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for September 25, 2013: Elephants, Dawa, and a Peaceful Protest


Tomorrow is Elephant Appreciation Day: Tomorrow, September 26, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be celebrating Elephant Appreciation Day.  Here is what the Disney Parks Blog lists as the events activities...

Guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom tomorrow (September 26) will learn lots of fun and informative facts about elephants during our Elephant Appreciation Day celebration, taking place at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  In addition to learning what—and how much—an elephant eats, guests who stop by Rafiki’s Planet Watch can:

  • Test their skills at “eating like an elephant” using a replica of an elephant trunk.
  • Color an elephant mask that they can take home.
  • Learn about the elephants that make their home at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and talk with members of our elephant care team.
  • Discover how bee sounds are being used to help keep elephants away from crops.
  • Find out about elephant conservation efforts supported through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund


As we often say, events like this are among those little things DAK does to make us love it so much.  Elephants face critical dangers from humans, and we need to do what we can to help save them from poaching and that begins be creating a real understanding of the species and the existential challenges they face.  Hooray for DAK!

A Petition to Make a Burudika Band Disc Available:  The Burudika Band, the amazing group that plays in Harambe, are perhaps the best live music you can find anywhere in Walt Disney World.  And for quite some time now we have been patiently waiting for their CD to be made available for purchase by guests.


Well, the Dole Whip Daily Blog is offering up a petition.  From what we understand, it is the Disney brass holding up the release of the CD and it’s time for them to get moving.  So click through and add your name to the list of the Burudika faithful desperate for some music to take home.

Dawa Bar Update:  Last week we reported that the Dawa Bar may be moving slightly to make room for the Festival of the Lion King Theater project.  The report suggested it would have been moved this past weekend, but as far as we can tell no work has been done.


In a related note, we are also hearing the Dawa Bar may be getting a new menu as well.  We’ll keep you posted.

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: September 25 9am - 5pm
Thursday: September 26  9am -6pm
Friday: September  27  9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Saturday: September 28  9am - 6pm
Sunday: September 29  9am - 5pm
Monday: September 30  9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Tuesday: October 1  9am - 5pm

Check Out Kenny the Pirate for this week’s Entertainment Schedule!

Attraction Closures:
Bradley Fall snack cart is closed - no reopening date announced

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Animal Kingdom Lodge Artifacts Spotlight; Bamileke Leopard Headdress


As we have said before, Kidani Village at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is chuck full of authentic African artifacts. Its like living in a museum as well as a zoo. One of the most striking pieces is the Bamileke Leopard Headdress.

The Bamileke inhabit the western jungles of Cameroon.  They speak a language related to Bantu, and are generally thought to be related to that tribe. It is an area rich in bamboo, and that dominates the architecture of the area. It is estimated that there are over 3.5 million Bamileke.


The people are divided into numerous fondoms, which ruled by a single male chief or fon. One such fon wore this headdress during ceremonies. Traditionally, it was believed the fon could turn into an animal like a leopard or buffalo. Most art pieces like this headdress, were created for royal ceremonies. It was this art that signified the power of the chief. The more he had the more important he was. A chief would often have many of these headdresses as well as bracelets, swords, masks and the like. Beadwork is common.

Settlements are essentially groups of extended families which are dominated by a head male. The fon, or chief, is both the political and spiritual leader of these settlements. He is also the judge and general of the tribe. His successor is always a son. All families trace their ancestry through the father. Ancestor worship is the main religion amongst the groups. Ancestral skulls are important totems.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for September 18, 2013: Bamboo, Moving Bars and Chairs


Bye Bye Bamboo: It was a short but well publicized run for Bamboo, the latest living statue character at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Everyone has an opinion, but in the end few would have actually seen Bambo, as its last performance is scheduled for September 23.

Dawa Bar Being Moved to Make Way for Construction:  A few weeks back, I fretted about the possible impact the new theater being built for the Festival of the Lion King in Harambe could have on my beloved Dawa Bar.  Well, it looks as though there will be some impact but nothing catastrophic.


According to WDWMagic.com, the Dawa Bar will be moved slightly to make more room for the ongoing construction project.  The bar will simply move closer to the Tusker House building.  That is the only change we know of...so far...

Disney Exec Jackie Ogden Becomes Chair of AZA: Last week, Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of Animals, Science and Environment was named the new Chair of the Board of Directors for The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  The AZA is essentially the worldwide organization that set standards for zoos, and having Ogden on the Board is a great honor for DAK.

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: September 18 9am - 5pm
Thursday: September 19  9am -5pm
Friday: September  20  9am - 7pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Saturday: September 21  9am - 6pm
Sunday: September 22  9am - 6pm
Monday: September 23  9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Tuesday: September 24  9am - 6pm

Check Out Kenny the Pirate for this week’s Entertainment Schedule!

Attraction Closures:
Bradley Fall snack cart is closed - no reopening date announced

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

So Long Bamboo, We Hardly Knew Ya


I have to give the execs at Animal Kingdom credit for one thing, they fix their mistakes. Bamboo, perhaps the biggest eye sore in park history, debuted on August 14th. Well, according to wdwmagic, he will be set to perform for the last time on September 23rd, a mere 40 days later. If you would have bought a carton of half and half the day Bamboo started, that would have lasted longer.

photo by kennythepirate.com
To be fair, Disney is not saying the roaming character is permanently gone, but we can hope. I suspect the generally negative feedback may have played some part in this decision. For those who never saw him, Bamboo was a stilt walker dressed to look like a plant, in this case bamboo. He wandered the path between Asia and Africa. He didn't look anything like a bamboo plant. But be that as it may, he graced the park with his "performances."

Now, he may be leaving us permanently. I never got the chance to see him in person, but that's OK. My only concern at this point was the rumor I had heard this was testing for an Avatar character meet and greets. If it was, he failed miserably.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Morning at Kidani Village

This was an early morning at Kidani Village. The sun has just started rising. Ankole cattle were just outside our window. Near the end of the video, you can hear a crowned crane calling breaking up the peacefulness of the moment.


By Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Story of Harambe Part Two; A Quick Look at the History of Tanzania

Gearing up for our in-depth look at the history of Harambe, the mythical East African port in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we continue our discussion on the history of the real East Africa.  When Imagineers began the planning stages for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the “blue sky” phase if you prefer, they embarked on a journey of discovery to East Africa.  In particular, they visited Tanzania and Kenya.  Today, we look back at the influences and struggles the Imagineers found in Tanzania which helped to form Disney’s interpretation of Africa.

Sultan's Palace in Zanzibar
Throughout much of 19th century, European explorers began reporting back to the continent on the riches and wonders of Africa.  Imperialism followed close behind.  France, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain and others began taking over control of African states, a period referred to as the “Scramble for Africa”, and turning them from territories into colonies.  Often times these claims were disputed by other European countries, leading to the brink of war.  In 1884 the chancellor of Germany convened the Berlin Conference, aimed at dividing up Africa and attempting to set down some guidelines for the scramble.

Those of us in the US familiar with the history of our native people will have a pretty good idea of how european governments invaded, conquered and ruled in Africa.  In Tanzania, it was the Germans who first seized control from Omani Sultan of Zanzibar.  Along with areas that also make up present day Rwanda, Burundi and mainland Tanzania, Germany formed a huge colony called German East Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro
The German explorer/colonizer Karl Peters is credited as the man to begin the process of colonizing what is now mainland Tanzania, called Tanganyika.  He formed what we would call today a “lobbying group” called the Society of German Colonization and a company called the German East Africa Company to set up the funding and organization for his efforts into East Africa.  He managed,without the official backing of the German chancellor, to procure dubious “treaties” with native tribes.  In 1885, very much after the fact, Germany granted Peters an official charter thus making the area a colony.  Over the coming years, the German government took over control from Peters and his company.

It wasn’t long before African resistance began, as the German ruling government agitated the situation by forcing locals onto plantations and trying to extinguish African religious customs.  A series of often brutal campaigns of violent resistance to German rule erupted, the most famous of which being the Maji-Maji Rebellion of 1905.  The Rebellion was a hideous and bloody period, with almost “scorched-earth” results from all out war on civilians and participants alike.

Arab control continued on the island of Zanzibar up until the 19-Century, as sultans turned Zanzibar into a hub of the African Slave Trade with Asia and the Middle-East.  During the later part of the 1800’s, Zanzibar came under British rule, as Great Britian moved aggressively to end the slave trade, of which Zanzibar was a major hub.

Julius Nyerere (left) with US President Jimmy Carter (right)
World War I brought the end of German rule in Tanganyika, and much of the mainland territory was handed over to the British as part of the League of Nations agreements.  British rule continued until the mid-20th Century, when a teacher name Julius Nyerere formed a political group called Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) and began pressuring Britain for independence.  Nyerere was successful and the British pulled up stakes and left Tanganyika in 1961, and Zanzibar in 1963.  Nyerere became Tanganyika’s first Prime Minister.

The British turned over Zanzibar to a constitutional monarchy under the Sultan.  But Africans revolted and the violent Zanzibar Revolution pushed Arab and Indian influences off the island in a genocidal horror.  Nyerere moved quickly and managed to achieve a merger of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, forming the nation of Tanzania of which he became its first president.

Recent history has been predictably rocky, especially economically.  Like most African nations, the post-colonial era was difficult as most european powers left while leaving little behind to help grow a nation.  Tanzania has dealt with poverty, economic struggles and difficulties with its neighbors, including a famous military clash which helped to oust Uganda’s dictator Idi Amin.  But Tanzania has maintained a relative internal political peace, with Nyerere staying in power until 1985.

The home of Mount Kilimanjaro is now also popular tourist destination, and not just with Imagineers looking for ideas for a theme park.  From the stunning beaches of Zanzibar to the expanse of the treasured Serengeti, it’s not hard to see how this country filled Disney’s creative team with so much inspiration.  Tanzania is filled with national parks and reserves home to a diverse wildlife population, including Seregeti National Park, home of the great wildebeest migration which should be on any bucket list.

Friday, September 13, 2013

CONTEST TIME AGAIN!

That's right Radio Harambe podcast listeners, its time for another great giveaway!  This week, thanks to our friend and fellow podcaster Keith Lapining of Modern Mouse Radio, we have this terrific book to giveaway...


This gorgeous hardcover booked is 128 pages and published by Disney Editions.  Here is the description from the publisher;
In the hope that increased awareness will brighten the future for these great apes, Disneynature has released a film following in the footsteps of Earth, Oceans, and African Cats. That film is Chimpanzee. Chimpanzee: The Making of the Film chronicles the entire process of the movie’s creation, from the idea that the directors pitched to Disneynature, to the challenging filming that took place deep in the heart of Africa. Using their own words, the filmmakers discuss ground lost and ground won—both in the context of the chimpanzees’ territory wars, and the progress of the film itself. 
So, how can you win this amazing book?  Here's the deal, answer the below question correctly and you will be entered into the drawing...

On Episode 8 of Radio Harambe, Safari Mike wished Flights of Wonder would point out what fact about the Harris Hawk?

All entries can be sent via email at safariguide@jamboeveryone.com or sent via Direct Message on Twitter to @RadioHarambe.  Entries must be received by 11:59pm on Tuesday September 24.  The winner will be announced on Episode 10 of Radio Harambe.  (Contest is open to everyone, except contributing writers to JamboEveryone.com, sponsors or guest hosts of the Radio Harambe podcast)  GOOD LUCK!


To learn more about all of the great Disney content Keith has to offer for the Disney fan, designer and traveler, click his photo above to visit his website.  Also, please visit Keith's great YouTube Channel. THANKS KEITH!

by Dave McBride (Twitter: @RadioHarambe)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Giraffe and Ostrich and Kidani Village

We had a great view from our room at Kidani Village. The Giraffe is coming in from a bite to eat and we enjoy watching him and the ostriches on the savanna. Its a great view and one we enjoyed during our stay. 



by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Let's Send Joe Rohde a Birthday Gift!

Yesterday was Joe Rohde's birthday, the creative genius behind our beloved Animal Kingdom.  He has been traveling through Mongolia and is on a mission to help save the incredible Snow Leopards.  Check out this video he posted a couple of days ago with his birthday wish.


Now you know us, any chance to get on board with a conservation effort is right up our alley!  And any chance to help Mr. Rohde is an honor and a pleasure.  So let's help out and send a birthday gift to snowleopardconservancy.org

Snow Leopard cub and mother at Bronx Zoo
And if you want to learn a little more about the Snow Leopard and the challenges they face for survival, check out Safari Mike's blog posting from a couple of weeks ago.  There's not much time left to save these magnificent cats, so let's act now.

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for September 11, 2013; Holidays and Shameless Plugs


Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade Dates: Disney is beginning to release specific dates for the holiday goings-on throughout the parks.  We now know Mickey’s Jingle Jungle parade will run in place of the regular parade from November 7, 2013 through January 2, 2014.  It’s a nice holiday layover of an already fun parade.

Don’t Forget to Get Your “Not A Half Day Park” Shirts!:  It is a slow news week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so you know what that means...shameless plug time!  And this is just to remind you of our favorite new items for sale in our Conservation Store, the “Not A Half Day Park” line of shirts.



Click Here to visit the shop, and remember this is a fundraiser.  We are selling these so we can donate 75% of the profits to our Conservation Partners.  And don’t forget that at Zazzle these are totally customizable to fit you size and budget.  Explore a bit and help us raise money for wildlife conservation

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: September 11 9am - 5pm
Thursday: September 12  9am -5pm
Friday: September  13  9am - 5pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Saturday: September 14  9am - 5pm
Sunday: September 15  9am - 6pm
Monday: September 16  9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Tuesday: September 17  9am - 6pm

Check Out Kenny the Pirate for this week’s Entertainment Schedule!

Attraction Closures:
Bradley Fall snack cart is closed - no reopening date announced

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Animal Kingdom Lodge Art Spotlight; Boki Head Crest


The Animal Kingdom Lodge has many attributes that set it apart from the other resorts at Walt Disney World. We have discussed the tours, the animals and the food. But one of the most under appreciated aspects of the hotel is the art. There is lots of it, especially at Kidani Viilage. The resorts have nearly 400 pieces of authentic African art displayed throughout the lobbies and halls. It has been cited as having the largest such collection outside of the African continent. We want to start spending a little time on this fantastic aspect of the resort.


The Boki people of Nigeria who created this head crest live in one of the more inhospitable places in the country. The area is covered by the Cross River rain forest, one of the few left in the nation and most of it cannot be reached by car. They live amongst gorillas, chimpanzees and the incredibly rare drill of the jungles of the Afi Mountains. Much of their culture and art is shared by the Ekoi peoples.

The Boki are known to be expressionist in thier art, and indeed this piece found at Kidani Village is showing emotion, albeit not a very happy one. These headpieces were worn by the tribes people during events such as initiations and funerals. They often used human faces in their designs as opposed to mythical or animal motifs. As a head crest, this was worn on top of the head during the their dances.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Episode 8 of Radio Harambe; Flights of Wonder

On this episode, your hosts are joined by Andrew of the Disney Hipsters podcast.  We talk about the latest news, including new bus service from Disney's Animal Kingdom to Downtown Disney, Starbucks at Epcot, and more.  And in our feature segment we discuss the Flights of Wonder stage show.



Thank you for downloading this episode.  Follow us on twitter @RadioHarambe.  Also, follow the Disney Hipsters by listening to both of their terrific podcasts and on twitter @DisneyHipsters.

You can also find the show on iTunes and Stitcher.  Asante Sana!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

"Welcome to Disney's Animal Kingdom" Sign Disappears

How many of you have passed by this sign and maybe stopped for a photo?  It's a popular pic especially for those using the Disney bus system.


Well, it's gone.  That's correct, gone without a trace.  And it has been replaced by these obviously temporary bus stop locating signs.


It's possible the sign has been removed for maintenance, though I am hard-pressed to think of what kind of maintenance would require its complete removal.  I suppose, however, that it is possible the sign is being replaced by a new one which substitutes dragons for giant blue aliens...

by Dave McBride (@RadioHarambe)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Disney's Animal Kingdom Celebrates International Vulture Awareness Day


This weekend Disney’s Animal Kingdom will have another of their terrific little animal celebrations.  This one focuses on a bird one might not think to celebrate much, vultures.  Here is what was posted on the Disney Parks Blog regarding this week’s activities...

Guests can find out all about vultures during special activities in celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on September 5 and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge on September 7. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, activities will take place near the Tree of Life and at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, activities will take place in the Jambo House lobby. Year-round, guests can see lappet-faced vultures at the Tree of Life, black vultures at Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Ruppell’s griffon vultures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.


So If you happen to be at DAK this week, go learn about how important vultures are to their ecosystems.

by Dave McBride (twitter: @RadioHarambe)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Story of Harambe Part One; Early History


Harambe, the African town in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is a mythical port village on the coast of East Africa.  In the coming weeks, Safari Mike will take us on an in-depth exploration of Harambe.  However, before we get there, I wanted us to take a few giant steps back in time and examine the history of the East African coast, specifically Kenya and Tanzania, the two countries where Imagineers went for research.  While it would require volumes of books to truly cover this subject, hopefully placing Harambe into a little historical context will help guests traveling to this most immersive of Disney locations to better understand and appreciate all it has to offer.

From what most experts can gather, East Africa may very well be the birthplace of humanity itself.  Some of the earliest evidence of human existence has been found in countries like Tanzania and Kenya.  But its influence upon human civilization extends way beyond these prehistoric origins.


The period of East African history before the European explorations of the mid-15th century can often be a bit murky for us.  There were kingdoms and city-states of significant size and power all along the coast, all part of extensive trade routes that included Indiai, China and others.  These empires were large and powerful, and sadly this history has been mostly forgotten or skipped over by western educators.  Arab and Indian traders were regular visitors to East African ports throughout the first millennium and Arab immigrants are some of the earliest permanent settlers in Kenya.

East Africa has always been a cultural melting pot of humanity, the evidence of which is clear even today in the areas culture and religion.  The Arab influence from the era before European colonialism is directly related to the rise of Swahili culture along the coast.  Arab city-states in East Africa dominated the shores and therefore were a huge player in overseas trading along the Indian Ocean.  Arab traders and settlements brought the world back to the shores of Africa, and spread African culture influence around the world as well.

Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Kenya
 But keep in mind we are talking about the coast of East Africa here.  A quick look at a map and one can easily see why this area soon became the focus of European exploration and conquest.  It sits right in the middle of trade routes to the East, not to mention its own resources available as treasure for conquering westerners.  That is pretty much how it went, and the first to arrive were the Portuguese, specifically Vasco de Gama, in 1498.

As it so often goes in history, exploration turns into conquest.  Controlling the East Coast of Africa meant controlling the oversea trade routes with the Far East, specifically the spice trade.  All up and down the coast of Tanzania and Kenya, Portuguese naval ships began taking control of port towns and consolidating their power over the other European merchants looking to trade with the east.  The Portuguese stronghold of Fort Jesus still stands in Mombasa today as a reminder of their important influence in Kenya’s history and culture.

Vasco de Gama Pillar in Malindi, Kenya
Portugal remained the principle foreign power along the coast until the late 17th century when Omani Arabs along with other European empires, specifically Britain and Holland, began challenging Portuguese control, adding a few more ingredients to the ever expanding melting pot that is East Africa.  The Omani were the most successful of these incursions, with the sacking of Fort Jesus in 1698, and became the biggest ruling foreign power well into the 19th century.  It was during this period of Omani control when the slave trade became such a huge business in East Africa.

In part two we will take a look at the influence and rule of the European powers during the 19th and 20th centuries and how Kenya and Tanzania gained their independence.

by Dave McBride (twitter: @RadioHarambe)

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for September 4, 2013: Busses and Lots of Snark


Girl Falls From Balcony at Animal Kingdom Lodge: According to a report in the Sun Sentinel, a 6-year old girl fell from the third floor balcony of her family’s room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The incident occurred during Labor Day Weekend and the girl was taken to a local hospital where she is believed to be in stable condition.  No further information on the girl’s condition has been released.

Disney Testing Direct Bus Service Between Animal Kingdom and Dowtown Disney:  Disney announced this week that they will be testing a direct bus route between the Animal Kingdom and the Downtown Disney area.  I believe this is the first time Disney has offered direct service between a theme park and Downtown Disney. The test will run through October.


So why has Disney never offered such an obviously needed service from theme park to DTD you ask?  Well, the answer is simple...the almighty dollar!  Disney wants to avoid people parking for free Downtown and hopping a bus to a park, thus circumventing the bloated parking fees.  And why are they possibly changing their minds?  That’s pretty obvious too.  Disney is about to turn the parking situation Downtown into a giant disaster and my guess is they are hoping this may relieve the pressure a bit over there.

Park Hours Back to Nonsense Levels:  Labor Day is behind, summer is a memory and the crowds at Disney World will dramatically decrease in the coming weeks.  In a completely unrelated magical coincidence, the park now will magically close at 5pm everyday so the magical animals can go back to their magical beds before the sun goes down...two hours later.  (Yes, this annoys me!)

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: September 4 9am - 5pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Thursday: September 5  9am -5pm
Friday: September  6  9am - 5pm
Saturday: September 7  9am - 5pm
Sunday: September 8  9am - 5pm
Monday: September 9  9am - 5pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Tuesday: September 10  9am - 5pm

Check Out Kenny the Pirate for this week’s Entertainment Schedule!

Attraction Closures:
Bradley Fall snack cart is closed - no reopening date announced

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Photo For Today: How Would You Like a Canoe Safari?

Today's photo is one of something that always made me wonder what it's all about.  I mean, why does one need a canoe on the savannah?


by Dave McBride (twitter: @RadioHarambe)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Animal Kingdom Theme Spotlight: Gibbon/Siamang Exhibit


One thing we tend to stress here at Jambo Everyone is the incredible theming that goes on at the Animal Kingdom. This time up I want to focus on maybe my favorite single animal exhibit in the park- the Anandapur ruins that are the home of the lesser apes, the siamangs and white-cheeked gibbons. Why is this my favorite? Two reasons, really. Number 1, these animals are highly entertaining to watch. Secondly, the ruins these animals hang around in.


We touched upon the history of Anandapur in past articles. The fictional river, the Chakranadi lies at the heart of this nation. The snow melts from the nearby Himalayan mountains feed this river as it provides the source of the jungles here and at the Royal Forest. Eventually, the river spills into the equally fictional Burgis Sea. But not before it floods the surrounding land here in the jungle.


Near the home of the Kali River Expeditions, are the flood plains where the Chakranadi and Kali rivers meet. The buildings, an example being where you can get Kali River Rapids' fastpasses, are built on stilts to protect the residents from these floods. But there have been changes over the years to waterway. Where there was once ground not subject to the water's whims, temples to ancient gods were built. For some time now, the floods have taken over. The temples have long been damaged.


But now, the people of Anandapur are trying to take back their cultural heritage. You can see this from the woodworking that surround the ruins. Workers are trying to hard to repair the damage. But its flood season, so the work is on hold. You can see steps under the water, and the river lapping at the door. When the spring floods subside, the workers will get back to, well, work. But for now, gibbons and saimangs have taken residence, enjoying the added fun of swinging on the ropes and scaffolding left up for when the seasons change.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)