LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The circle of life is thriving at Disney World. More than 300 animals have been born at the resort so far this year, officials said Wednesday.

What You Need To Know

  • More than 300 animals born at Disney World so far this year

  • Animals have been born at EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Tri-Circle-D Ranch 

  • Some births that Disney highlighted this year include twin cotton-top tamarins, a Cinderella pony named Pixie and a yellow-backed duiker named Penny

Since January, Disney has welcomed new arrivals to its animal kingdom, ranging from an eagle ray pup at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT to a red river hog piglet.

Disney has shared updates about many of these births throughout the year.

This spring, Disney announced the arrival of a yellow-backed duiker named Penny at Animal Kingdom. Penny was recently added to the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail after spending months backstage with mom Pearl.

A pair of cotton-top tamarins were born at Animal Kingdom in June. The twins can be found in their habitat on Discovery Island. This particular species of monkey is critically endangered, with only about 7,000 left in the wild.

Another notable animal arrival this year was Pixie, a Shetland pony that was born at the Tri-Circle-D ranch. Pixie will eventually be one of the Cinderella ponies that pull Cinderella’s carriage at the resort.

Disney credits the successful births to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan. The baby boom also comes the same year that Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrated its 25th anniversary on April 22—which also happened to be Earth Day.

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