At Disney, every animal birth is a momentous occasion, but the arrival of a rare and critically endangered baby addax as a special Mother’s Day gift at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is simply magical! We’re delighted to introduce Julien, the newest and tiniest member of our addax family, who stands just over two feet tall with a head full of fluffy fur. Born to mom Juniper and dad Allen, Julien’s name is a heartfelt blend of his parents’ names, and he is the first male calf born at the resort.

Why is Julien’s birth so incredibly significant? The addax, a species of antelope known for its distinctive curly horns, faces the grim reality of possible extinction with fewer than 100 individuals roaming in the wild and just over 180 under the care of institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Hence, each birth offers a glimmer of hope for the species’ survival. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests have a unique opportunity to observe these majestic creatures thriving in a safe and nurturing environment.

Disney is one of only 21 AZA-accredited institutions caring for addaxes, actively participating in Species Survival Plans (SSP) to boost populations of endangered species. Our collaboration with global experts has made Julien’s birth possible and marks another milestone in our ongoing conservation efforts. Imagine getting to witness this adorable miracle on the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, where Julien and his proud mom, Juniper, are growing closer each day.

First-time mother Juniper is receiving exceptional care from our dedicated team, who have been with her through her own birth and first pregnancy. This Mother’s Day, we extend our warmest wishes to all moms, including our extraordinary animal caregivers who make these wondrous moments possible through their unwavering dedication and expertise.

Every birth reminds us of the importance of protecting our planet and its vulnerable inhabitants. You can join us in making a difference by visiting to find out more about how you can contribute to conservation efforts. Soon, you’ll be able to see Julien and his family out on the Sunset Savanna, so plan a visit to marvel at this rare and heartwarming sight.

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