BEAUTIFULLY VEGETATED PATHS AND TRAILS AROUND THE BASE OF THE TREE OF LIFE
THAT CONTAIN SMALL ANIMAL VIEWING AREAS
Take the time to wander
these paths and discover some animals amongst the vegetated oasis
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This is a series of walkways that surround and wind themselves among
the Tree of Life. Permanent guests of these trails include a wide display
of birds, including beautiful flamingos and colorful toucans. A wide
array of other wildlife also make their home here. So keep your cameras
handy while on this scenic trail.
As you emerge from the heavily vegetated Oasis, you will see the Tree
of Life in front of you.
Discovery Island is the central hub of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Think
of it as you would the Magic Kingdom's Main Street. From the Discovery
Island hub, the spokes of the wheel branch out into the other lands
in the park. From left to right: Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki's
Planet Watch, Asia, and Dinoland USA.
Discovery Island Trails
The Discovery Island Trails are the best kept secret that you'll find
on the Animal Kingdom Guide map. These are beautifully vegetated paths
and trails around the base of the Tree of Life that contain small animal
The Discovery Island Trails are the paths that surround the Tree of
Life. Here you will find small animal viewing areas for lemurs, kangaroos,
capybaras and other wildlife.
When the park opens in the morning, take time to explore the area and
watch the animals. While everyone else is rushing off to get FastPasses
or heading towards the Safari....you'll have a wonderful quiet time
all to yourself!
"We decided to explore the Tree of Life Gardens, oh wait, they
are now called the Discovery Island Gardens (this change occurred in
the last few months). What an incredible time we had. Staying at DAKL
gave us a better appreciation of just sitting and watching the animals
and so we did that on this particular morning.
The Giant Galapagos Tortoise gave us an incredible show for about 20
minutes. It was his feeding time and we watched as he slowly (and I
mean slowly) climbed out of the small pond and lumbered over to a bed
of fresh lettuce greens, carrots, sweet potatoes and apples (we are
guessing what the food was).
We took over 100 photos of him with the digital camera. The more I use
and learn about my Cannon G-1, the happier I am with the purchase. We
tried different shots, using both regular zoom and the digital 2x and
I actually had tears in my eyes at one point, I can't explain why...except
that we felt so fortunate to have this long audience with the Tortoise
all to ourselves. This is one of the big reasons why Animal Kingdom
is so special to me!
Next we found 2 Capybara - the largest living rodent in existence. One
was laying out in the sun, sleeping. The other was enjoying the shade
back in a sheltered area. The digital camera really showed its stuff
here and you can see the regular, 2x and 4x zoom of the same photo.
Capybara are semi-aquatic and native to South America. They are most
active in the early morning and evening; although some can be quite
nocturnal. They live 8 - 10 years in the wild and are herbivores. The
capybara will dive into the water to escape the Jaguar, it's predator!
These are just 2 of the animals you'll find along the Discovery Island
Trails. There are others just waiting for you........