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Pangani Forest Exploration Trail®

Large black gorilla perched on a rock at Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park


Guests Can Be
Any Height
Age Interest

Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults, All Ages

Accessibility and Other Information

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Audio Description

Due to the nature of the experience, Guests with service animals should check with a Cast Member at the attraction for boarding information.


Animal Encounters

Explore a lush tropical forest inhabited by native African wildlife including gorillas, hippos and exotic birds.
White Colobus Monkey calmly sitting in the midst of a lush tropical forest

Venture into the Heart of Africa

Exotic animals await your arrival amid a verdant landscape of jungle forest and sprawling savannah. Embark on a self-guided tour of the Pangani Forest Conservation School and Wildlife Sanctuary and experience up-close encounters with a variety of amazing creatures in their natural habitats.

Follow the Trail
Meander along winding paths amid a lush garden getaway of African flora and fauna. Visit the Endangered Animal Rehabilitation Center—home to swinging Colobus Monkeys—and view lizards, tarantulas, mice and snakes at the Animal Rehabilitation Center. Then, make your way inside a chirping outdoor aviary, where colorful birds dash and dive all around you.

Spy a shy hippopotamus and a school of vibrant fish from the convenient confines of an underwater observation area. Spot an adorable Meerkat atop a rocky savannah perch before coming face to face with a troop of gentle western lowland gorillas slumbering upon a grassy hillside—just as curious to see you as you are to see them.

Wildlife Encounters
Some of the animals you may encounter include:

  • African Bullfrog
  • Angolan Black and White Colobus Monkey
  • Western Lowland Gorilla
  • Nile Hippopotamus
  • Meerkat
  • Naked Mole Rat
  • Emerald Starling
  • Kenyan Sand Boa
  • Dung Beetle
  • Pygmy Geese

During your hike, snap pictures from convenient observation stations and learn more about the animals you see and the worldwide conservation efforts to help protect them.

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail®

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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