The Tree of Life, the lofty, leafy icon of Disney's Animal Kingdom, tells the awe-inspiring tale of all of Earth's animals and the interconnected nature of every living thing. Inside the tree sits a 430-seat theater featuring a humorous 3-D special effects adventure about some of the planet's lesser-known wild creatures -- insects -- from the bug's point of view.
Location: At the heart of Safari Village, the lush green island that serves as gateway to each magical adventure within Disney's Animal Kingdom
Theme: A celebration of the beauty, diversity and grandeur of the world's animals and their habitat
Height: 145 feet or 14 stories tall
Trunk Width: 50 feet
Width At Root Base: 170 feet
Animal Carvings: More than 300 animals of all species carved into the tree's roots and visible branches
Artists: Chief Sculptor Zsolt Hormay and a team that included three Native American artists plus artists form France, Ireland, Indianapolis and Central Florida
Leaves: 103,000 leaves of many shades and four shapes and sizes
Structure: The steel structure was created using an engineering plan that required consultation from fabricators of oil rigs. The tree's exterior is formed of painted rockwork.
But Can It Bend and Sway? Yes, because each branch unit is encircled by a giant expansion joint
Tree Of Life Theater: Based on an animated film release from Walt Disney Pictures, the show, "It's Tough to be a Bug!" features 3-D film, Audio-Animatronics figures and special effects in an amusing look at a bug's world.
Asian Small-clawed Otter
Blue & Yellow Macaw
Eyton's Whistling Duck
West African Crowned Crane
White-faced Whistling Duck