The Tree of Life

The Oasis, Disney's Animal Kingdom

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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

Branches: 8,000

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.

Species List

Abdim's Stork
Asian Small-clawed Otter
Axis Deer
Blue & Yellow Macaw
Cape Teal
Comb Duck
Cotton-top Tamarin
Eyton's Whistling Duck
Galapagos Tortoise
Greater Flamingo
Green-winged Macaw
Red Kangaroo
Ring-tailed Lemur
Roseate Spoonbill
Saddle-billed Stork
Salmon-crested Cockatoo
Silver Teal
West African Crowned Crane
White Stork
White-faced Whistling Duck
Woolynecked Stork