Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for January 24, 2018: Baby hippos and purple birds

Hippo Baby: As we all know by now, the park welcomed the birth of a hippopotamus a couple of weeks ago. Unlike the tiger cubs, the hippo has been immediately visible "on stage" in the Kilimanjaro Safari exhibit. In fact, staff has not yet examined the new born so the gender is unknown. Tuma and Henry are the parents and it is the first hippo birth in 13 years. While the baby will be in the exhibit, be warned it may be difficult to spot it, so good luck.

photo courtesy of Disney

Purple Martins: Purple martins are a beautiful migratory bird that nests in WDW area. The birds migrate from the Amazon rain forest and are now starting to come to Disney World to nest. The flight is about 6,000 miles. For more on the preparations Disney makes for the birds' arrival click here.

photo courtesy of Disney 

Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday January 25 9 am - 8 pm
Friday January 26 9 am - 8 pm
Saturday January 27 9 am- 8 pm  Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  January 28 9 am- 8 pm
Monday January 29  9 am- 8 pm  Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday January 30 9 am- 8 pm 
Wednesday January 31 9 am-8 pm

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Baby Hippo at DAK 

Well, the Sumatran tigers now have some competition as there is a new baby animal at the park. A hippo!

Hippopotamuses are popular zoo animals for sure. And Disney does a great job displaying them where you can see them where they really shine: underwater. Even still, hippos though incredible impressive are not generally considered to be cute. That is, except baby hippos.

Fiona, recently born at the Cincinnati zoo is a social media star. A baby hippo at Disney would likely generate similar love from twitter, facebook and the like. Though a baby hippo would have to compete with the new Sumatran tiger cubs.

Unlike the tigers who highly endangered, hippos are listed as Vulnerable, which means unless conservation improves they will be listed as endangered in the future. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 125,000 to 150,000 hippos in the wild but they are subject to unregulated hunting. Zambia and Tanzania have the largest populations. Like the tiger, the hippo is part of a SSP or Species Survival Plan wherein zoos across the country cooperate to ensure a healthy captive population. 

The Mom, Tuma, and her new calf should be visible in the exhibit right away. Unlike tigers, hippos are not born helpless. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Review of the the Bird show at Harambe

Remember the bird show in Harambe.We do and we talked about it during the recent Year in Review episode of Radio Harambe.

The Harambe show was really just a short, lite version of the Flights of Wonder show. There was a similar show in Dinoland. I still wonder if Disney plans on doing something like this again. Heck maybe while Flights of Wonder is being converted into the Up show.

Harambe is typically much more crowded than Dinoland. So its little wonder this show was much more crowded than its Dinoland counter part. It also took place on the main stage in the middle of the fictional town.

This show used three to four birds much like its Dinoland counterpart. Here, we had an owl and a ground hornbill fly over the town. Also, they brought out the African grey parrot who counts to 4, a standard on the Flights of Wonder schedule.

These did show birds doing what they do best. And its very impressive having an owl fly over your head or a colorful toucan whiz by your ear.

I do hope Disney does more of these kinds of shows in the coming months. They are only about 10 minutes but do a nice job getting people impressed by birds. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

There has been perhaps no bigger year in the history of Disney's Animal Kingdom then 2017, and in this episode Dave and Safari Mike will look back at it all.

From the opening of Pandora to the birth of endangered tiger cubs, 2017 will not be forgotten any time soon. Asante Sana and enjoy!