Zebras To Be Finale of Safaris at Animal Kingdom

It may seem hard to believe that zebras haven't been a part of Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris for a few years. But that won't be the case much longer as Disney is slowly reintroducing the white-and-black striped animals to the theme park's savanna where they will be featured in the finale for the safari attraction.

A herd of fifteen zebras have called the backstage, behind-the-scenes areas of AK home since February and have been acclimating to the new surroundings since. The zebras, of the Plains variety, are all female and range in age from five to ten years old.

Currently, the herd has been grazing in fields near, but not in sight of, the safari. The plan, according to animal operations director Matt Hohne, is to follow the zebras' lead as to when they're ready to make the change, though it's anticipated to be by the end of the month.

Guests riding the Kilimanjaro Safari will be able to see the zebras near the end of the ride at the spot where the animatronic elephant "Little Red" stood. A different type of zebra, the Hartmann's Mountain variety, can be found in the meantime at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.


Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 02:13:

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Hoorah for zebras!

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