A female baby mandrill named Ivy was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park on April 10th, 2021, weighing in at between 1 and 2 pounds. She is now bonding with first-time mom Hazel. Guests may see her while onboard the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction! The troop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom now includes four generations of mandrills from the same family. Disney says that this “mirrors the social system of mandrills found in the wild”. We are just days away from Earth Week (during Earth Month) and I’m looking forward to riding Kilimanjaro Safaris next week and will keep an eye out for Ivy.
Disney shared video of Hazel and Ivy today.
It is always nice to see Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s population expand with the birth of baby animals. Disney partners with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on Species Survival Plans to ensure responsible breeding for endangered species.
On the Disney Parks Blog, Director of Animal & Science Operations Scott Terrell gave some fun facts. Mandrills have a six-month gestation period and females take on most of the parental responsibilities, including grooming and carrying their young. Mandrills are the largest species of monkey and their habitat in the African rainforests is disappearing due to deforestation and poaching.
Welcome to baby Ivy!