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Disney’s New Attraction Showcases the Discoveries of the Himalayas Expeditio

At the Disney’s Animal Kingdom the scientists and the theme park people have come together to set up an environmental storyline. In this are featured the latest scientific discoveries// from the Himalayan expedition to China and Nepal. They have showcased an array of exotic plant and animal species previously unknown to science. This was brought about by the two-month expedition known Expedition Everest. Some of the discoveries are a giant hornet which the local address as the Yak Killer, a beetle that feeds birds and small rodents to its young ones, jumping mouse and new species of amphibians, insects and ants.

The scientific journey into the mountains of Southwest China and Nepal also included Walt Disney Imagineering representatives who researched cultural beliefs related to the legend of the Yeti, a creature whose traditional role as "protector of the sacred" has been integral to conservation in the region. Those beliefs inspired the story of Expedition Everest – which includes selected findings from the two-month expedition included as part of the experience. Additionally, Jeff Corwin, host of Corwin's Quest, documented the Nepal expedition for broadcast on a special edition of his show Corwin's Quest: Realm of the Yeti, premiering Saturday, April 15, from 8-10 PM (ET/PT) on Discovery's Animal Planet. "By weaving the scientific discoveries and cultural research into the storyline of Expedition Everest, park visitors are provided with a unique opportunity to learn about the environmental heritage of this region.

The experience created by Disney is much more than just the physical thrills of a high-speed journey through the domain of the world's tallest mountain," said Dr. Russ Mittermeier, president of CI. "We are thrilled with Disney's dedication to conservation through their scientific and financial contributions to the expedition." Even though they faced rugged terrain and frigid temperatures not normally associated with new discoveri
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