New “Scarless” Hyenas Added to Kilimanjaro Safari

New hyenas at Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

New hyenas at Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. ©Disney

Earlier this month, the Disney Parks Blog reported that a pair of spotted hyenas were added to the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.  The pair is similar to the hyenas which were the bullies and villains in the animated movie “The Lion King”.

But as the blog post points out their villainy is just bad press. In reality hyenas are a very powerful species with a unique social structure that ranks all the females in their “clan” as a higher status than all of the males in the clan…….as it should be.

Now the new pair will only be available for brief periods of the day as they are still adjusting to the Savannah. While sightings have been limited so far neither one of them appears to have a “scar”.

But one thing is for sure, the pair of hyenas is a great addition to Kilimanjaro safari and that is no laughing matter.  

This article originally appeared on Episode 14 of the Disney news satire podcast, “Guest Room” on the Ears News Network.

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