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Wildlife Wednesday: Discover New Wilderness Explorers Badges at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Dr. Mark Penning

by , Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

You’ve probably heard about the banshees, bioluminescence and beauty of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but did you know our Wilderness Explorer troop leaders have traveled there, too? Guests can earn two new Pandora-themed Wilderness Explorers badges when they learn more about the flora and fauna in the Valley of Mo’ara and compare observations of the natural world of Pandora to nature on Earth.

Wilderness Explorers is a self-guided experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with 30 missions, ranging from animal observations to learning nature skills. Explorers earn sticker badges to place inside the program’s handbook.

Discover New Wilderness Explorers Badges at Pandora – The World of Avatar

With each badge, guests learn more about the different animals found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and even ones found in their own backyard. The two new badges encourage participants to explore the wonders of nature – on Pandora and on Earth. When earning the new Botany badge, explorers learn about amazing plant adaptations using the example of Pandora’s Flaska reclinata, a plant that responds to touch. To earn the Ecology badge, explorers learn about relationships between organisms on Earth and on Pandora.

If you are already a Wilderness Explorer, you can add the new Pandora-themed badges to your handbook or request a new handbook. You can pick up handbooks at various Troop Leader locations around the park, and badges can be earned daily from 10 a.m. until dusk, or 45 minutes prior to sunset when Gorilla Falls and Maharajah Jungle Trek close.

Our Wilderness Explorers troop leaders are eager to share their scientific observations with you and show you how you can take what you learned in Pandora back home to help celebrate the magic of nature on Earth.


  • Does this mean some of the original badges will no longer be available? Are there new books that have the new badge requirements?

    • Yes, we switched out two badges for new ones that relate specifically to the experience in Pandora. You are welcome to add the new badges to your book or get a fresh new book at any of the Wilderness Explorer stations around the park.

  • Hi Jennifer, I am very excited to try to earn the new badges. I am a HUGE fan of UP. (The wilderness guides were kind enough to let me play as an adult). I’ve had my guide book for a couple of years now and plan to bring it to Pandora this weekend to test my knowledge of Navi culture.

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