Over the past few months there have been some new additions to the families inside the Animal Kingdom. The elephant family and the gorilla family have welcomed sweet babies into their world and now visitors can enjoy watching the miracle of an animal family in person.
Riders on the Kilimanjaro Safari are able to catch a glimpse of what I am assuming is Luna, the elephant calf born in May, with her mother Donna. Luna is now around 2 months old. Luna was the latest calf born into the herd since 2008 so I would think that the baby we’re seeing now is her.
Elephant Calf on Safari
Walkers through the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail will be able to see Lily, the little girl gorilla born at the end of February. Mother Kashata and baby Lily are very much on the move now and it is amazing to watch their interactions together.
Along For the Ride
Doing What Babies Do
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The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney’s Animal Kingdom was originally called the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail but the name was changed in August 1998. It is about three-eighths of a mile in length and is filled with a variety of creatures including Colobus Monkeys, Meerkats, Hippos, and there is also an aviary filled with beautiful breeds of birds.
However, in my opinion, the main attraction of the trail is the Lowland Gorilla. Visitors on the trail first see the family group of gorillas behind a large, glass wall. The family group includes one male, who has the appearance of a silver back, and three females. You will usually see the male resting in the shade against the glass.
There can only be one dominant male in the family group, therefore the younger males must go and live either alone or in small groups. On the Pangani Trail, the family group is separated from the male group by a stream and a bridge walkway for guests. It is always amazing to stand and watch these magnificent creatures and their habits. There is almost always a “research student” Cast Member ready to answer any questions you may have while there.
Male Lowland Gorilla - Animal Kingdom, April 2010
You can certainly have a “wild” day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You just never know what you might see while on the Kilimanjaro Safari or while walking through the nearby Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. In this instance, the gorillas were out for the morning and ready for their close-up.
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail Gorilla - Animal Kingdom, April 2010