Our Guests tell us they love that Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to animals of enormous diversity – everything from 2-gram poison dart frogs to 13,000-pound African elephants. What they are sometimes surprised to learn is the critical role biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, plays in these animals’ survival – and our survival too.
On July 28, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity at Rafiki’s Planet Watch from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Guests can learn why biodiversity is so important by participating in fun, informative activities and presentations, including animal meet-and-greets featuring diverse animal species; “biodiversity bingo,” using the Conservation Station wall of animal faces; a “match the species to the habitat” game hosted by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund team; presentations on seed diversity by the agricultural sciences team from The Land pavilion at Epcot; a display on sea life diversity; and animal medical examinations and procedures taking place at our veterinary hospital.
Biodiversity is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us with food, water, fuel and the other things necessary for our survival. For example, most of the oxygen we breathe comes from plankton in the oceans of the world and lush forests around the globe. To enhance public awareness of the importance of conserving biodiversity – and the threats to biodiversity we face today – the United Nations General Assembly declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity with the goal of significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss globally.