One of the things we love about Animal Kingdom is taking time to watch
the animals, whether it be the tigers and bats on the Maharajah Jungle Trek,
the meerkats, gerenuks and gorillas in Pangani Forest, the cotton-top
tamarinds or lemurs around the Tree of Life, etc.
One of our very favorites, though, is the otters. And this last trip they
put on quite a show for us! There were three of them, and they were
romping and frolicking all around their enclosure – swimming around
their island, running through the grass, and even posing, all three
together, on the end of the island by the viewing area. They make the
cutest little chirping noises, and they were doing a lot of that. I
love otters – they always look like they are having fun!
Another special animal sighting this trip was one of the hippos in the
underwater viewing area on the Pangani Forest Trail. It was doing hippo
aerobics – underwater laps around the pool. We’d see it pass by the
glass, and then about a minute later it passed by again as it completed
another lap. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hippo in that pool that was
doing anything other than sleeping before this! It’s really amazing to see how gracefully they move in the water.
The siamangs and gibbons in Asia are often really entertaining to watch,
too. It’s a lot of fun to watch the parents and the babies playing
together. This trip we saw two of the siamangs going hand-over-hand on
the ropes between two of their towers. That was really cool to
So next time you’re at Animal Kingdom, take a few moments to watch the animals – you never know what you might see!