Rhinos get their daily steps in at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Rhinos get their daily steps in at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rhinos get their daily steps in at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Have you ever tracked your steps while visiting the Walt Disney World Resort? You can get thousands of steps in during just one day! Humans aren’t the only ones tracking steps at Disney World. The rhinos at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are as well!

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Guests aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris may notice some of the rhinos – along with rhinos at select accredited institutions around the U.S. – are sporting an activity tracker very similar to the popular fitness trackers many of us have worn to track our daily steps and activity, but on a much larger scale!

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These activity trackers will help Disney better understand the activity levels of the rhinos in their care throughout the day and when they settle in for the evening. Because of the built-in accelerometer, Disney can track the distance they cover running and walking around the savanna. They also can better track their sleeping and napping schedules.

Rhinos get their daily steps in at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

And with the built-in GPS unit, this activity tracker allows them to see where on the savanna the rhinos like to spend their time. This enables Disney to understand which features in the habitat are most popular to them, and they can better determine which factors, like wallows, sun and shade, impact the areas they use.

Rhinos get their daily steps in at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

These efforts to better understand the role of physical fitness in the overall health of rhinos are one part of a larger, collaborative research project with rhinos from accredited zoos and wildlife centers across the U.S. When combined with other data from veterinarians, scientists and animal care specialists, this information on physical fitness will help all animal care experts better understand how different habitats play a role in rhino health.

Managed rhino populations are becoming increasingly important for the survival of the species due to illegal poaching in the wild. Once complete, this research will be compiled and shared with animal care professionals at 74 AZA-accredited facilities, helping ensure rhinos receive the best care for many generations to come!

So, how do you think your average daily steps and distance covered compares to the rhinos on Kilimanjaro Safaris?

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Sara is a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, a Disney Earmarked agency. She lives in Alaska with her husband and 3 kids. Due to her extreme dislike of winter, she travels often to warmer destinations during the colder months. She visits the Disney parks and resorts frequently with her family and loves helping other families plan magical vacations. Contact her here for help with your vacation!
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