Habitat Habit! consists of two small covered areas. The first area includes Tamarins and Marmosets and the second area includes interactive exhibits that advise guests on how they can improve their own backyards to better accomodate local wildlife.
Signage available at the animal exhibits reads:
Emperor tamarins sport a long, regal moustache and are found in the Amazon basin of Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia.
Their diet consits of fruits, nectar, tree sap, insects, lizards, frogs and eggs. They live high in the rainforest treetops, relying on their forest home for food, water and shelter.
To help tamarins and other wildlife, donate to conservation organizations that protect wildlife and their forest home.
Geoffrey's marmosets live in family groups with a female, her mate and their offspring in the rainforests of Southeastern Brazil.
The tiny primate is adapted to eat tree sap. Special front incisor teeth carve holes in trees to release the sape which the marmoset licks up as the sap oozes out.
Marmosets depend on the rainforest for survival. Choose recycled paper products and shade grown coffee to help protect rainforest wildlife.
Cotton-top tamarins are a tiny 1 lb, critically endangered monkey with a shock of white hair found only in the tropical forests of Colombia.
They eat a variety of frutis, insects, frogs, lizards, and sap from trees and spend their entire lives on tree branches and vines. Saving their tropical forest habitat is critical to their survival.
Proyecto Titi, a Disney conservation program, provides training for local communities to make a living while protecting wildlife in Colombia! You can learn more about the ways they are saving cotton-top tamarins by visiting www.proyectotiti.com.
Golden Lion Tamarin
Spectacular golden lion tamarins are found only in the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil.
These endangered monkeys live high in the tree tops sleeping in tree cavities and search for food such as fruits, insects and small lizards.
Their amazing golden color makes golden lion tamarins popular in the pet trade. However, all tamarins are wild animals that do not adapt well to a person's home. They need a balanced diet, very special veterinary care, the company of other tamarins, and a habitat suited to their needs.
An additional covered area where guests can earn Wilderness Explorer badges as well as learn about creating backyard habitats. Signage in the area asks the questions:
There are animals around you that need space to live in – why not create a BACKYARD HABITAT to provide them a home?
What kind of animals can you attraction to your backyard?
This attraction appeals to guests of all ages, especially animal and nature lovers.
TIMES GUIDE - OPENING/CLOSING
This attraction opens with the park and typically closes at dusk.
The animals may go into their night houses earlier than the closing time for the park when there is an early sunset. On these days, refer to the time guide or in park signage for the closing time. Signage exists near Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek indicating the closing time for those attractions. Most other animal enclosures will close at around the same time with the exception of Kilimanjaro Safaris which remains open later.
The educational components are similar to those found in other animal exhibits throughout the park. The animal enclosures are similar to the enclosure for the Colobus Monkeys in Pangani Forest and the Tamarin exhibit on the Discovery Island Trails.
Attractions in the park that feature live animals are as follows:
- Animal Encounter – Rafiki's Planet Watch
- It Was All Started By a Mouse – Rafiki's Planet Watch
- Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight – Discovery Island
- The Oasis Exhibits – The Oasis
- Discovery Island Trails – Discovery Island
- Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail – Africa
- The Maharajah Jungle Trek – Asia
- Affection Section – Rafiki's Planet Watch
- The Tree of Life Exhibits – Discovery Island
- Siamang and Gibbon Exhibit – Asia
- American Crocodile Exhibit – Dinoland U.S.A.
- Habitat Habit! – Rafiki's Planet Watch
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