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Wednesday, Day 77, only one week behind

These are on the Africa "Kilimanjaro Expedition":

The "Harambe Wildlife Reserve" is both a real reserve and a Disney ride -- it's sort of like the Jungle Boats, but it's got real animals in a pretty well-laid-out park with "enclosures" that are so well designed it's kinda hard to see the barriers between them in some cases, and so natural they managed to get a number of plants from Africa, like the Baobab tree (which Barb thinks may have been fake, but I think were too irregular and they didn't have any leaves in mid-November, like a real tree, but how would they have transplanted trees that large?).

Second bonus photo, the Baobab:


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Nov. 24th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
i'm entranced by the baoba
Nov. 24th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
They were the neatest trees... I really do think they're real, but Barb pointed out how hard it would be to transplant them, and it takes centuries to GROW them, but on the other hand, certainly Disney could AFFORD what it might take to transplant (and wouldn't they have put leaves on them, like the huge fake one that stands in the center of the park?).

But yeah... cool trees.
Nov. 24th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
hmmm yeah never thought about that. Disney did so many terrible things in making that park only to turn around and try to do really good things with it
Nov. 24th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
The conservation efforts there are staggering. They've actually reintroduced a species of rhino back into the wild that had been functionally extinct. They've had dozens of elephants and giraffes born there. It's really truly wonderful.
Nov. 24th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
yes and sadly they made several native Florida birds/animals/plants go extinct in the process. it was a huge battle at the time. My college was involved in trying to block some of it. It's the reason I never visited.

It's doing what a zoo is meant to do (what haters of zoos don't seem to realize zoos do). But if they had only listened to the scientists rather than the aesthetics of the land, it would have all worked out better.
Nov. 24th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Yes... I'd like to think they're trying to at least atone for the wrongs that were done in the initial building of the place; it can't put things back the way they were, but--well.

When I think of how much harm has been done to so many places without ANYTHING being given back (and that's across the whole country), at least there's some good coming out of this one.
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
and that's a good thing. I try to convince our students just to go to COlumbus which has a world class zoo believe it or not and a very active breeding program (which is something people don't seem to grasp is a good thing)
Nov. 24th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
I'd love to just go around to all the great zoos in this country. I'm proud of the work the Phoenix Zoo has done for conservation and animal rescue.

Even Sea World, for all the bad rap IT gets, has done lovely things for manatees!
Nov. 25th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
that could be fun. i liked Sea World (I did make it there once)
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