VIDEO: Baby giraffe Aella makes emotional impression in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World

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Just last week, we reported that a new baby giraffe had been welcomed on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World. And while guests have been spotting the giraffe– named Aella– during tours since then, none get as up-close-and-personal as those on the VIP expedition known as Wild Africa Trek.

In the video below, released today by Disney, Wild Africa Trek tour guide Kelly Waldo gets emotional after spotting Aella from her vehicle. Kelly also conveys her passion and devotion to the study and photography of these animals, plus her absolute love for her job exposing guests to the wild wonders of Walt Disney World.


According to Disney’s official report, “Aella’s parents – Lily and George – were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and ensures responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species.”

Walt Disney World describes Wild Africa Trek as follows: “Thrill to close encounters with exotic African wildlife on Wild Africa Trek—a privately guided VIP expedition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park!”

Be awestruck viewing wild animals in their natural habitat on the 3-hour Wild Africa Trek. On this privately priced tour, discover animals of nearly every variety living in the Safi River Valley—an uninhibited environment that resembles their home turf in Africa.

Walk along a grassland path, cross a rope bridge and ride in a rugged safari vehicle over an open savanna—with a chance to view African creatures including towering giraffes, powerful rhinos, hippos and crocodiles.

Enjoy your encounters with the animals of the Harambe Reserve while a trained photographer captures all the action and excitement throughout your adventure—a service that’s included with your tour.

For more information on Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Wild Africa Trek, be sure to visit the park’s official website.

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