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Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Brand New Baby

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Walt Disney World Resort is made up of four different theme parks, each one is totally unique. But Animal Kingdom is the theme park that’s literally brimming with the most life.

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As the name suggests, Animal Kingdom is a Disney Park focused entirely on emphasizing the beauty and importance of the natural world. In short, the circle of life!

And the circle of life is moving right along over in Animal Kingdom.

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Over in the Disney Park, momma mandrill Hazel has just given birth to a baby girl: Saffron.

Saffron currently weighs less than three pounds, and could “almost fit in the palm of your hand,” according to Walt Disney World officials. But she won’t be so little forever! Mandrills are the biggest species of monkeys, and once little Saffron begins growing, she won’t stop, growing up to even 25 pounds in a few short years!

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Born on July 24, Saffron is only a couple of weeks old, and Hazel has been babying her ever since.

If you visit the bonded pair by experiencing Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, you’ll see Hazel rocking Saffron back and forth, similar to the way we soothe our babies. You may even see her grooming the little baby mandrill, which is another comforting behavior.

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Saffron’s birth is just one of the many miracles taking place in Animal Kingdom, which is working with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums toward improving conditions for vulnerable species.

Saffron and her mother can be found nursing in their habitat in Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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.