Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Over 300 Newborn Animals: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

Newborn Disney Dwellers Embrace their Starring Roles

  • Walt Disney World Resort has welcomed over 300 new animal additions in 2023. The births vary from aquatic creatures to terrestrial mammals and birds.
  • The Animals, Science and Environment team at Disney continues to foster the integration and debut of these delightful new residents while celebrating their species’ survival.
  • New “cast members” include zebra foals, cotton-top tamin twins, yellow-backed duiker, and a Cinderella Shetland pony.
  • Zebra foals, Cricket and Dot are enjoying their savanna home, with Cricket displaying a love for water and Dot preferring to showcase her energy galloping around the savanna.
  • The cotton-top tamarin twins, born in June, have become park favorites with their acrobat-like moves and charming play.
  • Pearl, the yellow-backed duiker mom, was busy preparing her daughter Penny for a debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom after months of bonding backstage.
  • Elsewhere, Pixie the Shetland pony foal made a grand entrance at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch. With her white coat, she is the first Cinderella pony and is in training to join Cinderella’s carriage team.

More on Disney’s Love for Animals

To learn more about how Disney cares for animals and helps protect species, visit DisneyAnimals.com. For a behind-the-scenes look at the care and love they receive, catch seasons one and two of “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” on Disney+.

The Realists Take:

Cue the ‘Hakuna Matata’ soundtrack, folks – it’s been a baby animal boom at Walt Disney World Resort! With over 300 fresh-faced furballs joining the clan, the “Circle of Life” has never rung more true. From Cricket’s water frolics to Dot’s unmatchable zoomies, zebra-print is definitely in this season. The new mirror-image masters of mischief, our cotton-top tamarin twins, are making serious branches in their Discovery Island habitat. And let’s not ignore our yellow-backed duiker debutant! Penny has had her feet wet on-stage, turning Gorilla Falls Expedition Trail into her own diva runway. Lastly, Pixie the Shetland pony – Walt Disney’s Cinderella story just hit its next chapter, and it’s snowy white and “neighs.” This year at Disney, it’s less about the “Lion King” and more of an all-encompassing animal kingdom!