• On Oct 7, 2018
    Karen from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I went on the Caring For Giants experience in 2017 and loved it! They told me the name of the matriarch elephant and now I can't remember it! Can you tell me the names of those wonderful pachyderms?

    Hiya, Karen!

    I absolutely love elephants, and when I found out that Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park was going to do a special tour all about elephants, I packed my trunk and headed on down to Walt Disney World. Now my kids want to do this tour every trip.

    Caring for Giants is a tour I'll never forget. Taking you back stage and up close to the pachyderm population at the theme park, you learn not only about the elephants you see there and the day to day care and feeding of them, but also about conservation efforts, the African culture, and so much more. I'm not even going to try to hide it - I got all teary eyed watching baby Stella interact with her mom, Donna, as she learned her place in the herd and the things all baby elephants need to know.

    The "leader of the pack" - or the matriarch, since elephants are a matriarchal society - is Rafiki. Rafiki, which means "friend" in Swahili, is nearly 40 years old, and she rules the elephant roost. She's always got a careful eye on her herd, and they pay her back with tremendous respect. They won't eat or go into the water until they have the say so from Rafiki.

    The tour, which costs $30, is an hour packed full of elephant education. It's such an incredible experience, it's a tour that bears repeating.

    Thank you for your question, Karen!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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