Painted Dogs introduced to the Kilimanjaro Safari savanna at Animal Kingdom
The savanna at Kilimanjaro Safari has some new tenants as Disney announced they’ve added painted dogs.
The term “painted dog” originates from their scientific name Lycaon pictus, which means “painted wolf-like animal.” Each dog has unique color patterns, similar to the human fingerprint. The dogs are also noted for their bushy white-tipped tails.
Painted dogs are known to be be the most endangered species in Africa, and Disney hopes to help this species thrive once again by introducing them into the savanna at Kilimanjaro Safaris. The Disney Conservation Fund has funded more than half a million dollars to support painted dog conservation.
The painted dogs and hyenas will share the same area of the savanna, but at different times of the day, providing different animals for guests to enjoy during Kilimanjaro Safari.