Birth of Baby Rhino: Disney is More than Parks, Hotels and Timeshare

Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one of the most popular theme parks at Disney World Orlando, made the commitment more than five years ago to help re-establish Uganda’s white rhino population.

Extinct in that region since 1982, white rhinos were reintroduced to Uganda when, in 2002, Disney’s Animal Kingdom sent two Disney-born rhinos to the Ziwa Sanctuary, later followed by four others.

This summer, rhino baby Malaika was born, the first female white rhino born in Uganda in more than 30 years. She is the second rhino calf born there since the repopulation efforts began; her brother being born in 2009.

The Disney outreach to support the restoration of white rhinos includes donating over than $940,000 for rhino protection and research projects in partnership with non-profit organizations worldwide. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredits Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

See White Rhinos during Your Disney Animal Kingdom Villas Resort Vacation

With 500 acres, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is the largest animal-themed park in the world. Residing at Animal Kingdom are more than 1,700 animals, representing 250 species, many in habitats as close to their natural one as possible.

Guests can see both white and black rhinos on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. Navigating the terrain in safari vehicles, guests journey across the savanna on safari. Among the many animals guests may spot are lions, antelope, giraffes, zebras, and of course rhinos. This attraction is suitable for all ages.

Disney Animal Kingdom Villas offer an amazing venue for your Animal Kingdom vacation, with select units actually overlooking the grazing area. Disney describes it as your opportunity to, “Wake up to coffee—and giraffes!”

Learn more about Disney’s Animal Kingdom and about great deals on vacation ownership resales at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Resort timeshares.

This video from the Green Living Project shows you more about the rhinos at the Ziwa Sanctuary.