The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney’s Animal Kingdom was originally called the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail but the name was changed in August 1998. It is about three-eighths of a mile in length and is filled with a variety of creatures including Colobus Monkeys, Meerkats, Hippos, and there is also an aviary filled with beautiful breeds of birds.
However, in my opinion, the main attraction of the trail is the Lowland Gorilla. Visitors on the trail first see the family group of gorillas behind a large, glass wall. The family group includes one male, who has the appearance of a silver back, and three females. You will usually see the male resting in the shade against the glass.
There can only be one dominant male in the family group, therefore the younger males must go and live either alone or in small groups. On the Pangani Trail, the family group is separated from the male group by a stream and a bridge walkway for guests. It is always amazing to stand and watch these magnificent creatures and their habits. There is almost always a “research student” Cast Member ready to answer any questions you may have while there.