Description And Comments

Conservation Station is Animal Kingdom's veterinary and conservation headquarters. Located on the perimeter of the African section of the park, Conservation Station is, strictly speaking, a backstage, working facility. Here guests can meet wildlife experts, observe some of the Station's ongoing projects, and learn about the behind-the-scenes operations of the park. The Station includes a rehabilitation area for injured animals, and a nursery for recently born (or hatched) critters. Vets and other experts are on hand to answer questions.

While there are several permanent exhibits, what you see at Conservation Station will largely depend on what's going on when you arrive. On most days when we visit, there wasn't enough happening to warrant waiting in line twice (coming and going) for the train. Most of our readers comment that Conservation Station is not worth the hassle. A Tinley Park, Illinois, mom writes:

Skip Conservation Station at the Animal Kingdom. Between the train ride to get to it and being there, we wasted a precious 1 1/2 hours!

A Denver family had a better experience:

We really enjoyed Conservation Station at Animal Kingdom. We saw a 13-foot python eating a rat!

And a reader from Kent in the United Kingdom was amused by both the goings-on and the other guests:

The most memorable part of the Animal Kingdom for me was watching a veterinary surgeon and his team at Conservation Station perform an operation on a rat snake that had inadvertently swallowed a golf ball, presumably believing it to be an egg. This operation took about an hour and caused at least one onlooker to pass out.

You can access Conservation Station by taking the Wildlife Express Train directly from Harambe. To return to the center of the park, continue the loop from Conservation Station back to Harambe.

Touring Tips

Conservation Station is interesting, but you have to invest a little effort and it helps to be inquisitive. Because it's so removed from the rest of the park, you'll never bump into Conservation Station unless you take the train. Most veterinary procedures happen early in the day, between 9:30 and 11:00.

Special Comments

Opens 30 minutes after the rest of the park.

Special Needs

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Touring Plans with Conservation Station

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