As the quarantine continues, we are all missing the Disney Parks. However, there are some other very cute creatures that may be missing us as much as we are missing them. No, I am not talking about Mickey and Minnie (although, I am sure that they do miss us). I am talking about the awesome animals and wildlife at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Although Walt Disney World Resort is temporarily closed, Disney’s Animal Care team is continuing to provide top-notch care to the thousands of animals who roam our savanna and seas. We are diligently following state and federal guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our dedicated team.
Check out a video that shares more about the amazing work our cast members are doing to ensure our animals continue to thrive at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Also, there is a heartwarming announcement that just came out of the Disney Care Team as well!
THE NEWEST ADDITION TO DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM
During this crazy time, there has been a new addition born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and he is a cutie pie!! The baby, known as a porcupette, was born to mom, Peri, on Feb. 25. If you’ve seen the One Day at Disney documentary on Disney+, you may remember seeing Peri participate in an ultrasound with Disney veterinarian Dr. Natalie. And after a long-awaited arrival, the team is delighted to welcome this cutie to the Disney family. Here is little porcupette’s selfie!
Cast members like Walt Disney World Veterinarian Dr. Natalie provide continual care for Peri – from annual exams, to pregnancy check-ups, the birth of her porcupette, and of course, post-partum care.
Coming to this conclusion required science and more than just a neonatal exam from the veterinary team. Prehensile-tailed porcupines have internal sex organs, so to determine the baby’s gender, the team actually had to send some of her tiny quills off to a lab for DNA testing.
As with all of our animals, there are plenty of big hearts caring for this little mother-daughter duo. Peri continues to thrive in her role as a mother, which is part of why she was chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP). This program is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and ensures responsible breeding and genetic diversity of thousands of species of animals.
With so many families at home together right now, we look forward to sharing more stories and insights about our animals and amazing cast who are caring for them.
Finally, follow Dr Mark and his team as they care for animals and work to make an impact on environments and habitats across the globe on my Instagram, @DrMarkAtDisney.