DISNEY'S -Pangani Forest Exploration Trail®

Attraction at Animal Kingdom

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Africa
Height Requirement: Any Height
Category: Fun for Everyone
Outdoor
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail is a self-guided walking tour of native African wildlife
in Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

Pangani means "place of enchantment," and this exploration trail is an enchanting adventure
into a lush, tropical forest and a verdant valley that are right out of the heart of Africa. Take a leisurely walk in search of rare African animals such as gorillas, hippos, okapi, naked mole
rats, meerkats and many species of exotic birds.

Exotic Animal Encounters at Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

The first observation post on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail provides the opportunity
to observe Stanley Cranes; Okapi, the only known living relative of the giraffe; and
Yellow-backed Duikers, a member of the antelope family.

Next, enter a hut where you can watch a fascinating colony of naked mole rats in their
underground burrows from a glass observation area.

Continue into an aviary filled with many species of rare African birds such as African
pygmy geese, great blue turacos and bearded barbets. Some birds fly freely about, while
others are ground-dwelling and roam freely on the floor of the aviary.

As you amble along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, don't miss the hippos! See these
colossal beasts move through the water with effortless grace at an underwater glass
viewing area.

Another popular animal to observe is the Meerkat. Check out the Meerkats' antics as you
overlook an African grassland savanna that is also home to several types of grazing animals
such as marabou storks and Gerenuks.

One of the major highlights of the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail comes towards the end
of the trail: an encounter with a troop of Lowland gorillas. Did you know the Lowland gorillas
are vegetarians, non-violent and that 98% of their DNA is identical to human DNA?

View these magnificent creatures up close from one of several viewing areas that overlook
the multiple habitats for these endangered species. Be on the lookout for the massive
silverback males and their families. As your visit to the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
draws to a close, you will indeed have experienced a wondrous "place of enchantment."

The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail is located in the Africa area of the Theme Park. It
begins near the Kilimanjaro Safaris and ends near the Harambe station of the Wildlife
Express Train.

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