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Mrs. O'Donnell's Summer Science Journal:

Entry One: This summer my husband and I traveled to Florida to visit some friends in a town called Vero Beach.  While there I noticed signs and taped off areas that said "Turtle Nesting".  A few days later, we drove to Disneyworld, and since I am a Biology major as is my hubby, we actually enjoy learning new things, so we went to Rafiki's Planet in Animal Kingdom.  Imagine my surprise when I saw that Disney is the company that oversees the Turtle Conservation program.  


Entry 2:   Another fun thing we did at WDW was ride "Living with the Land" at Epcot.  This is a fascinating ride that takes you behind the scenes to see the way tht Disney grows their own crops and attempts to be sustainable (look it up - first new Science word of the year!) It was very interesting to see the many ways they grow their crops, and even host fish farms to feed the many guests at their resorts and parks. 


Entry 3:  At Animal Kingdom, there was a new baby giraffe. Her name is Aella (pronounced “eye-la”), and she is a two-month-old Masai giraffe calf who just made her debut on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna. 

Born on June 29, Aella was more than five-feet-tall at birth. Up until now, she has been spending precious moments bonding and nursing with her mom Lily in a backstage habitat.Aella’s birth marks a first for her parents – mom Lily and dad George. The pair was chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and ensures responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species. Breeding this pair is important to the long-term survival of the species because it adds more genetic diversity to the giraffe population, which helps ensure future generations.

Aella will nurse for about a year, and then, as a herbivore, she will move to the lush vegetation available throughout the savanna. When full grown, she will use her 18-inch tongue to strip leaves off thorny branches from the tops and sides of trees to consume up to 75 pounds of food a day. That’s a tall order!

The Masai giraffe is a vulnerable species found primarily in Kenya and Tanzania. There are believed to be roughly 32,000 Masai giraffes left in the wild, and their population continues to decline because of poaching and habitat loss.

The Disney Conservation Fund supports conservation efforts in Africa to protect wildlife habitats, including those of giraffes. Earlier this year, several Disney animal care experts went to Uganda to help relocate a herd of giraffes across the Nile River to establish a newer, safer habitat away from oil-drilling fields. Another team went to Kenya to support a giraffe and zebra population census.

To learn more about giraffes and the threats they face in the wild, visit DisneyAnimals.com.

(from: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/08/welcome-giraffe-calf-to-kilimanjaro-safaris-at-disneys-animal-kingdom/)


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Carol Ann ODonnell,
Sep 6, 2016, 6:37 AM
Carol Ann ODonnell,
Sep 7, 2016, 8:04 PM