Disney’s Animal Kingdom Receives Not One, But EIGHT New Additions

animal kingdom tree of life
Credit: Disney

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


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Dr. Mark Penning (@drmarkatdisney)

RELATED: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Adorable New Addition

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.

animal kingdom lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec and baby

Credit: Disney

RELATED: Most Underrated Disney’s Animal Kingdom Restaurant? You Decide!

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.”

animal kingdom lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec

Credit: Disney

RELATED: Guest Reportedly Loses “Chunk Out of Elbow” While Visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Requires Visit to ER

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 lion relaxing in the rain

Credit: Disney

RELATED: Is Animal Kingdom’s Most Popular Attraction Beginning to Fall Apart?

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.

Disney's Kilimanjaro Safaris

Credit: Disney

RELATED: Disney’s Animal KINGdom Remains the Best Theme Park at Walt Disney World

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.

We want to hear from our readers! What’s your favorite animal to see while visiting Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park? Let Disney Dining know in the comments below!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.