New "Up Close with Rhinos" Animal Experience to Be Available at Animal Kingdom Starting Nov. 1

The Walt Disney World Resort recently announced that a new backstage animal experience called “Up Close with Rhinos” will soon give Guests a chance to make a real connection with white rhinos at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Starting November 1, this 60-minute guided adventure will give Guests a behind-the-scenes look at how the park's dedicated animal team cares for the white rhinos on Kilimanjaro Safaris and how Disney is helping save endangered rhinos in the wild. As part of this intimate experience, Guests may even get a chance to touch a rhino. It is an appreciation like no other that will inspire Guests to aid in their conservation.

“I love talking to Guests about how unique each individual rhino’s personality is,” said Caitlin Miller, a member of the rhino care team. “I know once Guests come and meet the rhinos, they are going to see just how amazing they are and will want to help us secure a future for them.”

Rhinos in the wild are found in bush country and open grassy flatlands in Africa and Southeast Asia. They are among the most endangered animals in the world due largely in part to poaching. Disney is proud to support rhino conservation efforts around the world, including those of Sumatran rhinos, which are found only in Indonesia and are critically endangered. To date, the Disney Conservation Fund has provided more than $2 million to support rhino conservation efforts around the world.

One tour of “Up Close with Rhinos” will be offered each day. Reservations for the one-hour experience open September 22, which is World Rhino Day. Guests must be at least 4 years old to participate, and the cost is $40 (plus tax). Discounts are available to select passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. To make a reservation, Guests are invited to call 407-WDW-PLAY.

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