Happy news from Disney’s Animal Kingdom! A new baby mandrill was born August 8th to mom Scarlett and dad Winston. All three of the mandrills including the new baby can be seen while riding Kilimanjaro Safaris. Isn’t he the cutest!!?? The gender, weight and even name are not known yet as the baby mandrill has been left with her mother for the time being to help with the bonding process.
Of course Disney like with all the animals, is doing everything they can to bring awareness to the mandrill habitat which is endangered from poaching and deforestation in Africa. They are working hard to help maintain the population of this incredible animal.
Experts in animal care like Rebecca Phillips, Animal Operations manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom have spent countless hours supporting these animals during the birthing process here in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and in zoos around the world.
“There are many reasons why I’m excited to be an SSP coordinator for mandrills. I love helping zoos, including our own, and I love the success stories. As a two-time mom and also a surrogate mother, Scarlett is an example of how we’re helping a vulnerable species thrive, and it’s thrilling to watch her family grow.”
The Disney Conservation Fund has donated more than $6.5 million to help the conservation effort of mandrills and other primates in 29 countries, as well as research and financial aid to dozens of other animal species.
Make sure to look for Scarlett and her new baby next time you ride through the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
I want to know what you think about the baby Mandrill born in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Have you seen him yet on the safari?
- What do you think Disney should do to further animal conservation?
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