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Tree of Life, Orlando

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The Tree of Life is a 145-foot (44 m) sculpture of a baobab tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort. It has over 8,000 branches of very different sizes and about 102,000 artificial leaves. It debuted when the attraction opened on April 22, 1998. Inspired by the mythological concept, the Tree of Life features 325 carvings of existing and extinct animal species on its trunk and surrounding roots; after Jane Goodall's visit, her famous subject David Graybeard was carved into the tree. The sculpture took 18 months to create. Animal Kingdom has millions of trees and greens; The Tree of Life is one of the park's few artificial trees.

Engineered from a refitted oil platform and based on the natural forms of baobob trees, the Tree of Life is located on Discovery Island, roughly in the center of the park. The tree features over 100,000 thermoplastic kynar leaves. At the structure's interior base is a 428-seat theater that hosts It's Tough to Be a Bug!, a 3-D film attraction based on the 1998 Disney/Pixar film A Bug's Life. There is also a secret path that park goers can walk up to take a close look at the sculpture. Animals that can be found on the tree of life include:

Sable Antelope, Impala, moose, deer, Bighorn sheep, Bison, Goat, Horse, Wildebeest, camel, African elephant, Indian elephant, Rhino (java & white), hippo, Tiger, Lion, Cougar, Lynx, Rabbits, Porcupine, hedgehog, racoon, fox, wild dog, prairie dog, Ant eater, pangolin, Giraffe, Kangaroo, Tapir, Sea otter, Sloth, Koala, Baboon, chimp, Gibbon, Spider monkey, Squirrel, Flying squirrel, Bat, Alligator, crocodile, Komodo dragon, chameleon, Iguana, Frilled lizard, Gecko, Gila monster, Rattle snake, Python, frog, Tortoise, Turtle, Box turtle, Snapping turtle, Hermit crab, Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Killer whale, Walrus, seal, Manatee, Shark, Hammerhead, Salmon, Bass, Catfish, Marlin, Goldfish, Gulper eel, Jelly fish, Octopus, Squid, Prehistoric squid, Sea horse, Ant, Beetle, Lady bird, Stag beetle, Butterfly, Moth, Bee, Wasp, Dragonfly, Grasshopper, Spider, Tarantula, Scorpion, centipede, road runner, songbird, egret, heron, hammerkop, Macaw, Cockatoo, Pelican, Vulture, Hawk, Golden eagle, Bald eagle, Peacock, Ostrich, Flamingo, Great horned owl, Allosaurus, Ankylosaurus and Trilobite.
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  • Difficult to see the details. Crowds gathered a bit more closely than comfortable social distance. High traffic area because of people exiting  more »
  • I can't believe the Tree of Life is manmade. The talent of the people who designed & created this is beyond compare  more »
  • Best part is at night when they do creative illumination into tree starting at 830pm. Second best part is to read history of construction using an oil rig upside down as the skeleton foundation. Third best is to see the many root systems and walk through all the tunnels.
  • The artwork that went into making this tree/sculpture is crazy. Been here a few times, and I'm sure I haven't even come close to seeing everything. Take time to look around at the tree when you are going to the Bug's Life show - It's Tough To Be A Bug. Part of the Disney fun is looking around and seeing something new every time you go.

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