Three okapis shopping, five poop snowmen, six hippos wheeze-honking, ten sea turtles racing – sounds familiar, yet different, right?
It’s the 12 Days of Christmas with a Disney’s Animal Kingdom twist. No lords a leaping or ladies dancing for us, and – as much as we love birds – it’s cotton-top tamarins instead of partridges in a tree. Guests visiting the Wildlife Tracking Center at Conservation Station are having fun trying to find vignettes for all 12 days of Christmas, each highlighting the Wildlife Tracking Center’s involvement in conservation projects at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and around the world. It’s 12 days that make the world better year-round.
Here’s how the game works: Guests who stop by the Wildlife Tracking Center are provided with a list of our unique 12 days of Christmas. They are challenged to search for all 12, each of which is linked to a Disney conservation project. Yes, even those five poop snowmen! It’s amazing what scientists and animal care experts can discover to help wildlife by examining poop. And six hippos wheeze-honking! Guests who are stopping by after experiencing the Wild Africa Trek (even Mickey Mouse!) know that the wheeze-honk is one of the most common sounds that hippos make.
By playing the game, guests also learn what they can do to protect wildlife and nature. Shared with guests are suggestions such as reusing gift wrap, boxes and bows; creating a backyard feast for wildlife by choosing native plants; using LED lights for holiday trees and at home; and saving energy by insulating their homes against the elements.
If you’re visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom throughout the month of December, be sure to stop by the Wildlife Tracking Center at Conservation Station and join in the fun. And if you’re planning a New Year’s resolution, we hope you’ll include one to spend more time connecting with wildlife and nature – it will make you feel good and it’s good for our planet.
To find out more, visit www.disney.com/environment.