Baby Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: The Latest Updates

by | May 10, 2024 | Animal Kingdom, WDW Blog

Want to learn the latest updates about baby animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? We’re sharing all the latest baby animal updates from Walt Disney World!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an incredible place for a number of reasons. Not only is it home to a variety of thrilling rides and immersive lands, but it’s also home to hundreds of different animals. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has earned accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the gold standard in animal care. And Disney has partnered with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the Species Survival Plan, which ensures responsible breeding and genetic diversity of hundreds of animal species. Through that program, over 300 animal babies were born in 2023. And we’ll be keeping you up to date on the latest arrivals and news right here!

Rare Baby Addax Joins Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Family

As of May 2024, two-month-old Julien is the newest member of the addax herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The species currently faces possible extinction with less than 100 left in the wild, and just over 180 in care by accredited Associations of Zoos and Aquariums organizations. Julien was welcomed by mom Juniper, and is the first male calf born at the resort. His name comes from a combination of both parents, Juniper and Allen. Walt Disney World is just one of 21 AZA-accredited institutions with addax in their care.

Addax are a species of antelope known for their curly horns, which calves are actually born with. The critically endangered species is actually so rare that one of the few places they can be spotted outside of the Saharan desert is Africa is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Animal keeper Lindsay Cooper and veterinarian Dr. Deidre Fontenot have both been essential to the birth of Julien, and the care of Juniper.

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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