The Oasis
Discovery Island
Africa
Rafiki's Planet Watch
Asia
Dinoland USA
Camp Minnie
Mickey
 
There are approximately 300 species of wildlife at the Animal Kingdom, with a population of over 1700 animals. Additionally, there are over 4 million trees, plants, shrubs, ground-covers, vines, epiphytes and grasses from every continent on Earth (except Antarctica), representing over 4,000 species.
 
The Animal Kingdom covers over 500 acres, making it by far the largest of the Disney theme parks. It's so big, in fact, that the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and The Disney's Hollywood Studios could all fit inside with room to spare. Kilimanjaro Safaris alone is over 100 acres—just a little smaller than the entire Disney's Hollywood Studios park.
 
A team of seven Imagineers (led by executive designer Joe Rohde), traveled all over the world doing research for the conceptualization and construction of the Animal Kingdom. The team logged in amazing 500,000 miles during their travels.
 
During construction of the Animal Kingdom, 4.4 million cubic yards of dirt were delivered by 60 dump trucks that continuously arrived on the construction site every day for two full years.
 
You may notice that there are no straws, balloons and cup lids to be found at the Animal Kingdom. This is to protect the animals from potential choking hazards.
 
The Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund has devoted more than $6 million to conservation efforts, lending their support to over 230 projects across the globe.
 
When the Animal Kingdom, the term "nahtazu" was dreamed up to go along with the new park. Pronounced "not a zoo," the word punningly helped to emphasize that the park was more than the typical animal displays found in your everyday city zoo. As of January 2006, "nahtazu" started to be phased out of the Animal Kingdom's promotional material.
 
DeVine, the mysterious "plant" that appears mysteriously throughout the Animal Kingdom, is brought to life by performer Priscilla Bright.
 
 


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