Saturday, February 09, 2013

Animal Kingdom Trails and Safari

Wanted to share with you a few photos from our visit to Disney World's Animal Kingdom back in January. I have visited this park several times, but have never walked the animal viewing trails. Since my husband was along on this trip and he is not a fan of the rides or shows and the park was very crowded, the animals were our focus. It was nice to leisurely walk the trails and enjoy watching the animals. 

The fictional Kingdom of Anandapur (which means "Place of many delights") is the home of the Maharajah Jungle Trek. This trek leads guests through the forests and ruins outside the village which are home to a number of animal species such as: 

The Flying Foxes or Fruit Bat,  

The Sarus Crane, 

The Green Peafowl,

The Cotton Pygmy Goose, 

Two Bengal Tigers. One would pace back and forth along the wall, finally settling into the corner. The darker one stayed in the back of the exhibit most of the time, but I managed to get one shot of him.

On Discovery Island, the central hub of the park, we encountered: 

The Easter Grey Kangaroo,  

The Abdim's Storks, 

Lots and lots of Flamingos and White Ibis,  

The Roseate Spoonbill (pink colored one) and the African Spoonbill.

The fictional East Africa village of Harambe hosts the Kilimanjaro Safaris, an expedition showing numerous African animals freely roaming through acres of savanna, rivers and rocky hills. As you travel along the paths you are never sure what animals you are going to encounter and on which side of the truck they will be. The truck stops several times along the way so that you are able to view the animals, but only for a moment so you have to be pretty quick with the camera.   

I managed to capture the Hippo,

The Blue Wildebeest, 

The Reticulated Giraffes,  

The African Elephants,

The Nile Crocodiles, 

A side view of the Lioness,

The King of the jungle (savanna) himself, Mr. Lion. 
Wish I could have captured him from the front!

The Ostriches, 

And Grant's Zebras.

The walking trail just outside the Safari ride allowed us to see some of the animals that we were not able to see while on our safari expedition. 

The Waterbuck is one massive animal.

This cute little deer watched me closely as I stepped a little closer to the wall to get a closer shot.  

It is so neat to be able to get close to these animals. There are barriers to keep the animals safe as well as the people, some are only short walls while others are iron fencing or completely enclosed with glass viewing areas. There are also Disney Cast Members along the trails in several locations. They help point out the different animals and tell you a bit about them. It was a very enjoyable visit.

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  1. Great image series showing. Wish you a good Sunday :) Hanne Bente

  2. Wow! Love the variety you have presented.

  3. Wooo! What a collection of animals to admire! The stork's colouring is especially fascinating and love his twisted pose!

  4. That's a kingdom with lots of animals ! Must be very nice to see them all !

  5. Wonderful, looks like you had a great day.

  6. Wonderful series, I love all the birds and animals. Great shots!

  7. Love the stork...and the crane...never saw those before, even in zoos/animal parks. What a special treat. Oh and you did yourself up in style this week...I enjoyed the walk around Animal Kingdom with you [by the way, tigers are my favorite big cat!!!]

  8. Lovely photos, and so many of them too. It's tough to chose a favourite.

  9. Great serie of photos!
    So much to see in every image!

  10. I'm really concerned when I see wildlife penned like this, especially in a Disney park. I think it gives people a completely false concept of what is normal. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  11. great shots! thanx for stopping by :)

  12. Just like being on an African safari. We've been to all of Disney's other attractions but not the Animal Kingdom.
    I enjoyed looking over your shoulder at all the wonderful animals you so beautiful captured.

  13. Thanks for the tour. Enjoying your animal shots.
    Reply visit for u here :)

  14. Those Spoonbills capture my heart!!

  15. fun to see. I have not visited a zoo or animal park for ages. Love the stork and spoonbill. :)

  16. Great captures! I like the bat because they can eat lots of pesky mosquitos. The big cats are large, powerful and strong. It amazes me how a house cat seems to have the look and mannerisms of the ferocious felines. I don't do rides, so the travels and sights around the parks are more my speed - and hopefully lots of space left on the memory cards!

  17. Lovely pictures. I particularly like your tiger shots. Such incredible creatures.

  18. I do think this would be my favorite place to visit. Love the animals. You got some nice shots!


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