Disney Tree Of Life

 

The fourth Disney theme park built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida is the enormously huge Animal Kingdom. It is five times larger than Magic Kingdom.

 

The park’s theme is about animal conservation, which is a philosophy highly held by Mr. Walt Disney himself. Officially opened on the 22nd of April 1998, the Disney theme park was marked by the iconic Tree of Life, as part of Mr. Disney’s guiding principle of giving giant icons to his theme parks.


The Tree of Life is an enormous tree sculpture depicting 325 different animals that belong to the list of extinct and endangered species. The tree is surrounded with paths that would tour you around it to see each animal up close. The list of animals carved on the trunk of this wonderful tree includes the African Elephant, American Alligator, American Bison, Asian Elephant, Asian Lion, Asiatic Buffalo,

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Bighorn Sheep, Black Swan, Bornean Orangutan, Bottlenose Dolphin, California Condor, Central American Tapir, Central Asian Cobra, Count Raggi's Bird of Paradise, Dalmatian Pelican, Douc Langur, Drill, Emperor Penguin, Fiji Banded Iguana, Frilled Lizard, Galapagos Turtle, Gaur, Giant Anteater, Giant Armadillo, Giant Otter, Giant Panda, Gila Monster, Golden Lion Tamarin, Golden Parakeet, Golden-shouldered Parakeet, Great Indian Bustard, Grevy's Zebra, Grey-necked Picathartes, Guayaquil Great Green Macaw, Hawksbill Turtle, Helmeted Hornbill Resplendent Quetzal, Hermit Ibis, Hooded Parakeet, Humpback Whale, Indian Gavial, Indian Python, Jackass Penguin, Japanese Crested Ibis, Javan Rhinoceros, Koala, Komodo Dragon, Lear's Macaw, Leopard, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Mikado Pheasant, Mountain Gorilla, Moustached Monkey, Northern Square-lipped Rhinoceros, Peacock, Philippine Eagle, Philippine Tarsier, Pileated Gibbon, Polar Bear, Proboscis Monkey, Pygmy Chimpanzee, Pygmy Hippopotamus, Rainbow-billed Toucan, Red Kangaroo, Red Uakari, Red-billed Toucan, Red-tailed Parrot, Reticulated Giraffe, Scarlet Macaw, Siberian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Snowy Owl, Sonoran Pronghorn Antelope, Southern Bald Eagle, Spanish Lynx, Splendid Parakeet, St Vincent Parrot, St. Lucia Parrot, Stellar Sea Lion, Swinhoe's Pheasant, Tahiti Lorikeet, Thick-billed Parrot, Ultramarine Lorikeet, Utah Prairie Dog, Wagler's Macaw, Western Tragopan, White-eared Pheasant, Whopping Crane, Wolf, and the Wood Duck.


The branches of the tree, adorned with 100,000 luscious green leaves, shelter around 165 feet area below it. The trunk of the tree measures 50 feet wide. It took 20 artists to carve all the animals around the tree trunk and 18 months to complete the work of art. Located at the heart of the park in Discovery Island (formerly called Safari Village), which is the park’s main land, the Tree of Life connects all six lands in the park. The tree is a celebration of animal life, as well as a tribute to all extinct and endangered species. It serves as symbol and a call to save the remaining surviving species from extinction.