The cutest animal in Walt Disney World Resort, with the cutest name, no less, has just given birth, adding eight new additions to Animal Kingdom Park.
The Best Disney World Theme Park Just Welcomed Eight New Additions
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Glitter Toaster Strudel (yes, that is her real name), the lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec has just given birth. Did you know a group of hedgehogs is called a ‘prickle?’ It’s true! And this prickle has just increased by eight.
As you’ll notice, the lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec is pretty tiny, so it would be incredibly difficult for guests to spot this critter on Kilimanjaro Safaris, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, or the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Instead, guests can spot Glitter Toaster Strudel and her brand new hoglets at the Conservation Station, located at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where they can learn all about these fascinating animals.
Like, for example, the lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec is technically not a hedgehog at all, according to Dr. Mark Penning (the Vice President of Disney’s Animals, Science & Environment team).
Instead, they’re more related to moles. Penning writes, “Tenrecs’ tails are covered with short spines, and hedgehogs have tails without spines at all.”
Glitter Toaster Strudel and her strudelets (which, unlike ‘hoglet,’ is not an official term, unfortunately) are known as ‘ambassador animals,’ according to Dr. Mark Penning.
Ambassador animals are some of the most important residents of Animal Kingdom, as they teach guests about the ways they can help preserve the environment. Be sure to stop by the Conservation Station for a chance to see Glitter Toaster Strudel.
More On Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Animal Kingdom is home to some of the most innovative, thrilling, and educational attractions in all of Walt Disney World Resort. But it’s also home to real, live animals.
Over in the theme park’s Africa section, guests can experience the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, an open-aired expedition through Disney’s Harambe Wildlife Reserve.
In the same section, guests can also walk through the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, seeing all sorts of primates.
Guests wanting to see more animals can also walk the Maharajah Jungle Trek in the theme park’s Asia area. In the same section, be sure to catch a viewing of Feathered Friends in Flight, an interactive and educational show all about, you guessed it, feathered friends.
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