Rafiki's Planet Watch
Rafiki's Planet Watch is a backstage look at how Disney cares for all of the animals at the Animal Kingdom. The Wildlife Express which is the train that take you to the area that used to be called just Conservation Station. Now it is broken down into Habitat Habit, Affection Section and Conservation Station.
This way to Conservation Station
Photo by MrKathika
Habitat Habit is a trail that is dedicated to conservation and the preservation of animals. It's also home to the cotton-top tamarins which is a very endangered species of primate. They are tiny monkeys from South Africa that have long flowing white and black hair.
Along the trail there are exhibits that show how you can help in animal conservation efforts when you get back home.
Conservation station is where you get to take a look at how Disney cares for the animals at Animal Kingdom. There are several different stations. (They are all in the air conditioning.) Here's a partial list -
- Animal Encounters - Stroke a lizard's head held by an animal keeper.
- Veterinary Treatment Room - See how animals are treated. (Surgery is performed in the mornings.)
- Hatchery - See what's happening in the hatchery.
- Food Preparation Room - See how the animal's food is prepared.
This is the petting zoo portion of Rafiki's Planet Watch. This is the only place in Animal Kingdom where you can spend time with guests. You can feed chickens, pet llamas, brush goats and sheep. This is a hands on experience.
The Wildlife Express is the only way to get to back to this part of the park. It's a 1.2 mile, seven minute journey that starts in Harambe and ends up at Conservation Station.
Dad's Bottom Line
If you want to get a real up close and personal look at animals, really up close and personal, take a trip on the Wildlife Express to Conservation Station and see where the animals sleep, eat and are taken care of.