Animals You Can See At Animal Kingdom and Where to Find Them

2. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

Another adventure to have in Africa, this self-guided exploratory walking trail is laden with an abundance of all kinds of animals, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. There are various lookout points, an onsite “research center,” and aviary that also contains a vast array of bright and colorful fish native to the continental coasts of Africa. Some of the creatures you’ll be sure to encounter here include the following:

  • Gorillas (Lowland, in two groups—all males and family units)
  • Colobus monkey
  • Starlings (Amethyst, Emerald, Golden-breasted, Superb, Wattled)
  • Okapi
  • White-collared kingfisher
  • Great blue turaco
  • Teals (Marbled and Hottentot)
  • Ducks
  • Geese
  • Black crake
  • Kenyan sand boa
  • Stanley crane
  • Carmine bee-eater
  • Nile hippopotamus
  • Grevy’s zebra
  • African grey parrot
  • African hoopoe
  • Brimstone canary
  • Dwarf shield-tailed agama
  • Blue-bellied roller
  • Golden weaver
  • Spiny-tailed lizard
  • Kori bustard
  • Lake Victoria cichlids
  • Snowy-headed robin chat
  • Magpie shrike
  • Tarantula
  • Olive pigeon
  • Hadada ibis
  • African jacana
  • Hammerkop
  • Bearded barbet
  • Yellow-backed duiker
  • White-bellied go-away bird
  • Naked mole rat
  • Meerkat

1. Kilimanjaro Safaris

While you’ll find animals far and wide all throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Kilimanjaro Safaris is unquestionably the most sought after attraction for wild life encounters. From authentic habitats that cater to creature needs as well as (and sometimes even better than) what they strive for in their natural settings, to a vast array of diverse species, including some that are threatened, endangered, or even extinct in the wild, you can’t come to Animal Kingdom and miss out on Kilimanjaro Safaris. It’s the closest many people can ever hope to get to an actual African safari experience, and several of those who have been on actual safaris have even attested that Kilimanjaro Safaris is by far even better. Spanning a grand total of 110 acres, here is a list of just some of the featured creatures you can hope to observe:

  • Colubus monkeys (Black and White)
  • Helmeted guineafowl
  • Rhinoceroses (Black and White)
  • Egyptian goose
  • Greater flamingo
  • Ostrich
  • Storks (Yellow-billed and Saddle-billed)
  • Elephants
  • Nile hippopotamus
  • Greater kudu
  • Okapi
  • Warthog
  • Wildebeest
  • Pink-backed pelican
  • African wild dogs
  • Impala
  • Northern pintail
  • Common waterbuck
  • Giraffes
  • Gazelles
  • Sable antelope
  • Nile crocodile
  • Mandrill
  • Bongo
  • Springbok
  • Scimitar-horned pryx
  • Nyala
  • Addax
  • Eland
  • Yellow-backed duiker
  • Cheetah
  • African lion

…and so many others!

As noted above, there are numerous other animals of all kinds you may come to observe on your next outing to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Updates, additions, and other general changes are always in the works, so some of the aforementioned animals may or may not be available at specific times. Likewise, new arrivals may be making their way here by the same token. All the same, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an amazingly wild park like no other.

By Laura

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