Animal Kingdom – 3

On the Kilimanjaro Safari…

Pelicans Disney Animal Kingdom

This is kind of funny.  At this point in the ride, the driver points out the white birds, but kind of ignores the black ones.

Black Vultures on the Kilmamjaro Safari

See, the black birds are just native Florida vultures.  They’re not really part of the show, but it’s not like Disney can just chase them off.

FUN FACT: if you startle a Florida vulture (okay, technically it’s an American Black Vulture), it will probably regurgitate the last thing it ate before flying off.  It really does that to decrease its overall weight so it can take off faster.  Good to know in case one swallows your car keys, I guess.

Bontebok Antelope DIsney Animal Kingdom

So you’ve probably figured out that for a lot of these I’m just pulling stuff I think is interesting off of Wikipedia.  But the write-up for the bontebok just confounds me. Bonteboks are extinct in their natural habitat, but they’re also popular for hunters because they’re easy to sustain.  I can’t wrap my head around how those two concepts can go together.

Antelope DIsney Animal Kingdom

I can’t decide if these are a greater kudus or nyalas.  The markings seem pretty similar.  Let’s just split the difference and say they’re antelopes.

African Wild Dog DIsney Animal Kingdom

African wild dogs are SO FREAKING CUTE. Interestingly, their most common prey in the wild is the Thomson’s gazelle.  There’s supposed to be Thomson’s gazelle out here somewhere, but I didn’t see any.  Weird.

Hippo and a pink backed pelican Disney Animal Kingdom

Here we have a pink backed pelican and a hungry hungry hippo.  I’m sure they’re best friends.

(no, really.  They are. Hippos are mostly herbivores.)

Ankole Watusi 2 DIsney Animal Kingdom

This here’s an ankole-watusi. Those ginormous horns are for both protection and cooling (they disperse heat).  Pretty cool trick.  Now I wish I had horns.

Ankole Watusi DIsney Animal Kingdom

A ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris is ideally only supposed to last about 22 minutes, but you can stop at any time if an animal moves in front of a ride vehicle.  This ankole-watusi, for example, slowed us down for about five minutes.  SPOILER: Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg won’t stop for animals.

Safari wide Disney Animal Kingdom

During the course of the ride, guests travel through three distinctive environments: the forest area, the wetlands, and the open savannah.

Giraffe and a Ride Vehicle Disney Animal Kingdom

Everyone always seems to love the giraffes.

Masai Giraffe 2 Disney Animal Kingdom

Supposedly the Safari ride has both Masai and reticulated giraffes, but I only seem to have pictures of the Masai ones (they have drastically different markings).  Maybe the reticulated ones show up later and I didn’t realize they were different.

Masai Giraffe 1 Disney Animal Kingdom

The Masai giraffe is the largest subspecies of giraffe, which I guess explains why they’re less common in zoos.  It makes sense that the breeds that are more endangered are in captivity more.

Termite Mound Disney Animal Kingdom

Everything you see on the Safari tour is real, with two exceptions.  There are no termites in the termite mounds.  If you think about it for four seconds, you’d realize that bringing something like that into a park isn’t a terribly smart idea (the ostrich eggs seen elsewhere on the ride are fake as well).

Flamingos on Hidden Mickey Island Disney Animal Kingdom

If you tilt your head just right, you can see that the flamingo island is actually a Hidden Mickey.

Crocodiles Disney Animal Kingdom

Apparently folks constantly think the crocodiles here are fake because they move so little.  These people also think dogs can’t look up.

Mandrill Disney Animal Kingdom

Mandrills are the world’s largest monkeys. They’re also world class assholes, constantly kidnapping little panda bear babies (what, no one else is going to admit that they play that stupid Panda Pop game?)

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