Disney News: Heroes Work Here and Baby Okapi Explores Savanna

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Yesterday, Disney President and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger announced Heroes Work Here.  It’s Disney’s new company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans.

Mr. Iger said, “It’s a measure of our respect for how much they have sacrificed on our behalf, and our sincere gratitude for their extraordinary contributions to this country.”

Disney is promising at least 1,000 jobs over the next three years for returning US vets.  But even beyond those jobs, this launch of a national public awareness campaign will result in many, many more jobs as other employers join the effort to support military families.

“The military values of honor, integrity, commitment, and courage, along with the skills and experience they’ve gained through their service, make veterans incredibly valuable employees for any company.”

In another Disney story, Gene Duncan captured this photo of an okapi baby and mama!

A baby okapi is venturing out and exploring the savanna at Animal Kingdom.  If you been reading KLY for awhile, you know about my love for Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  Last year, I was thrilled to go on the Wild Africa Trek and wrote a four part series about the adventure.  Check it out - Part 1 – Wild Africa Trek at Walt Disney World, Part 2 – The Animals of the Savanna at Animal Kingdom, Part 3 – Lunch on the Savanna and Part 4 – Wild Africa Trek Tips and Tricks.


Now, the Animal Kingdom Care Team is reporting that the 5 month old baby okapi at the park is exploring the savanna with her mama!  How much did your baby weigh at 5 months?  This little one, named Makemba, is umm… 187 pounds!  No baby-wearing for okapis, hehehe.

Fun Fact:  Did you know that the okapi, despite its stripes, is a relative of the giraffe and not the zebra?

Photo and information from Disney Parks Blog and Disney press releases.


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