Whose Animal Kingdom?


God’s … of course!

God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 

Genesis 1:21

Disney* just hired some people to care for a segment of God’s Animal Kingdom.

During the Maharajah Jungle Trek we encountered this majestic Asian tiger.


The remainder of the photos in this post were snapped during our


Kilimanjaro Safaris.


Kilimanjaro Safaris, an attraction for Guests of all ages, provides the chance to see African animals including giraffes, black rhinos and lions, as they roam the 100-acre savanna in the Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

The Kilimanjaro Safaris tour begins in the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, across the river from Discovery Island. Climb aboard a rugged open-sided safari vehicle for an exciting expedition through the wildlife preserve. The ride can be a bit bumpy as it crosses rickety bridges, rocky hills and rivers—but you’re rewarded with spectacular animal sightings.

Since animals have minds of their own, no two Kilimanjaro Safari experiences are the same.


Thus 3 tours.

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I was tempted to crop Rebecca’s head from this giraffe vista, but ultimately left her to show our proximity to the wildlife.





Sir Lion, here, was antisocial during all 3 safaris.

Stay tuned for the next installment of God’s Animal Kingdom, which will reveal our children’s favorite creature spotted on safari.



When Terry first suggested that we spend our cash on a Florida trip, Disney was not even part of our plan. NASA—check.  Ocean—check, check, check.  We knew we wanted to visit an aquarium to embellish the final chapters of our Swimming Creatures book—check.  And we discussed Busch Gardens as an option to jumpstart the next Land Animals book.  However, Busch Gardens does not host any specimens of Christian and Rebecca’s favorite creature.  In light of that discovery and the fact that Disney doesn’t cost much more than Busch Gardens (~$5 ticket difference), we decided to visit Disney instead.

We still despise the over-commercialization of Disney, but we mostly enjoyed our time there.  We scheduled our visit for a non-peak time (directly AFTER the traditional spring break season), so crowds were minimal.  Animal Kingdom was far superior to any zoo I’ve seen.  The opportunity to see wildlife in a more realistic environment—instead of relatively small cages in typical zoos—was extraordinary!


3 thoughts on “Whose Animal Kingdom?

  1. Cynthia says:

    I know it’s definitely commercialized, but I have to admit that Animal Kingdom is also one of our most favorite zoos as well…. We also really enjoyed Epcot!

    • Heather says:

      Nice to hear from you, Cynthia. I’ve noted your bloggy absence lately. Hope things are alright in your part of the country:)

  2. Kristine says:

    I know I’ve seen these posts before, but I sometimes skim through. My guess was right, you HAVE been on a six week vacation! And I appreciate your comments about Disney. My position has always been that it’s a goal of mine to get through my kids’ lives without going to Disneyland, haha. But I’m sure they’d love it. 🙂

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