1. Kilimanjaro Safaris offers the chance to see an amazing array of animal species. About how many different wildlife species call the Harambe Wildlife Reserve home?
A. 34 – Over 34 species of animals call the beautiful landscape of Kilimanjaro Safaris home. Some of the animals you can expect to see during your wild safari include ostriches, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, elephants, flamingos, Thompson gazelles, bongos, okapis, warthogs, lions, giraffes, ankole cattle, and crocodiles! No two rides are the same so make sure to enjoy this attraction multiple times and during different times of the day.
2. How many African ecosystems are represented in the Harambe Wildlife Reserve?
C. 3 – The Harambe Wildlife Reserve boasts an impressive array of African ecosystems, three to be specific. The Ituri Forest, home to the Mbuti people, is one of the ecosystems represented. The largest rainforest remaining in Africa, the Ituri Forest is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. About 1/8th of the rainforest’s 63,000 square miles is made up of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. The second ecosystem to be found in the Harambe Wildlife Reserve is the African Savanna. Characterized by grasses and small tress that do not form a canopy (such as Acacia trees and Baobobs) the savanna is home to more than 2 million plant eating mammals! The third and final ecosystem represented is the African wetlands. Africa has over 131 million hectacres of wetlands that are vitally important to both humans and animal species. One of the largest wetlands in Africa is the Okavango Delta, an area teeming with wild life. Created when the Okavango river overflows into the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta supports 530 birds, 160 species of mammals, and 155 species of reptiles. Some of the animals that call the African wetlands home include the Nile crocodile, African elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus, and Plains zebra.
3. How many acres is the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction?
C. 110 – In order to create this attraction, construction crews moved 1.5 million cubic yards of earth, planted over 2.3 million plants, and planted over 300 types of grass seed – 75 of which were indigenous to Africa.
4. True or False: Animals are separated by wire fences that are visible to guests. False – Many different types of natural boundaries are utilized to separate specific animal species and to keep animals in predesignated areas. Moats of water, deep ruts in the ground, large rocks, and other plant life are all used to create an immersive environment for guests and a safe home for the animals. In addition, wires and chains are placed on the ground to keep hooved animals from crossing into other areas!
(Photo from the Flickr Creative Commons: Jeremy Finke – Kilimanjaro Safaris, license)
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