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Conservation Station

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At A Glance Educational area with an ecological message, and a Small "petting" style zoo housing kid-friendly animals, and designed to allow the animals and kids to get close.

Note that the Conservation Station area can only be reached via the Wildlife Express.

Conservation Station is a one-stopping shopping storehouse of every kind of environmental effort. Park patrons can learn about everything from global work being done to repair the environment (and Disney's part in that effort) to specifics as to what they can do to help the earth in their own backyard.

The Wildlife Express (an old-style train) takes you to and from the Conservation Station area, a storehouse for educational exhibits on the environment and our place in it. Unusually whilst on the Wildlife Express instead of sitting facing forwards in the direction of travel, or backwards, you sit sideways, facing towards the loading and unloading area, whilst behind you a series of tightly louvered panels almost entirely obscures the view.

The reason is that the area to the right of the train (in the direction of travel) is mostly backstage area consisting of some animal housing, and some of the park management buildings, and it's simply Disney's way of hiding some of the less exiting but very necessary parts of the park from guests eyes.

The locomotives used to haul the "Wildlife Express" give the impression of being old style steam trains although in reality they are steam-outline diesel-powered trains which means their basically diesel powered. The locomotives were built by Severn Lamb in the UK, however. they were designed by WDI Imagineers.

The Affection Section allows guests to get up close and personal with smaller animals and talk to trainers. Rafiki's Planet Watch is a giant map that teaches about places in the world where animal extinction is the worst. Disney's Animal Cam gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the new park, and visitors can watch zoologists and botanists at work in the Wildlife Tracking Center.

Conservation Station is still getting its bearings. The conservation message throughout Animal Kingdom is overshadowed by the "fun" aspects of the theme park. It is bumped up at "The Station," and might be too preachy for younger kids. The "Affection Section" petting zoo is somewhat scarce at the moment, but as more and more of the park's inhabitants start having babies, it will grow.



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