Monday, July 12, 2010

Luna Makes her Disney Debut!

Baby Luna - born May 20, 2010 -- is taking her first steps at the Disney Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safaris Savannah. This beautiful baby girl is being slowly introduced to the world via a carefully-developed plan created by the Disney Animal Program animal care experts. First, there was bonding time with momma Donna, followed by introductions and time with the other members of the elephant herd, and even a swim test to make sure Luna will be safe in the Savannah ponds.

Luna and mom will split summer days between being on the Savannah with the elephant herd, where safari guests might be able to get a glimpse of the baby amidst the grown-up pachyderms, and spending alone time with momma in a special backstage area. The Animal Kingdom herd who will be helping Donna care for Luna include "aunts" Vasha and Rafiki, "cousin" KIanga (Vasha's calf) and big sister Nadirah. Luna's time on the Savannah and in public will increase as the summer progresses, until she is ready to be with the herd all the time.

To learn more about Disney's Animal Kingdom elephant herd, check out these cool facts:
• The elephant herd has 13 members–five males and eight females.
• Five baby elephants (Tufani, Kianga, Nadirah, Tsavo and now Luna) have been born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. All remain on the savannah.
• Disney’s Animal Kingdom is part of a breeding program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that is focused on sustaining the elephant population in North America.
• The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and the Disney Foundation have directed over $1 million to projects in 20 countries to help protect and conserve elephants.


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