I have the Spring 03 issue of "E" Ticket which covers Adventureland, more specifically the construction and history of the Jungle Cruise. My compliments to the staff, it was extremely well written and I learned a great deal from it. I am working on a research project and I hoped you would be able to answer a couple questions not covered in the article.
I was wondering if you knew the original order and location of the various animals. Specifically I would love to know what animals are original, and what has been added over the years. There was no mention of the butterflies or the toucans in the article so I assume they were added with the Amazon enhancement but I am not sure. I noticed the pictures show the Bull Elephants used to reside closer to the waterfall and they are now staggered on the Nile itself. I was also wondering if you knew when the animals were moved to their current locations (all the animals not just the Bulls), and when additional animals were added or subtracted. I realize the Rhinos were removed at some point, then the mother was recycled into the Trapped Safari under Marc Davis. I have dates for the larger scenes like the African Veldt, Gorilla Camp, Elephant Pool, and Trapped Safari (major contributions by Marc Davis) but I was specifically wondering when the Native Attack was added. I have a training manual from the 1980's that breaks a lot of the enhancements down into years:
* Elephant Pool and African Veldt (no animals)
* Elephants placed in Elephant Pool
* Animals placed in African Veldt
* Trapped Safari and Rhino added, Rhino was actually recycled... it had previously been the charging Rhino.
* Hornbill and Crocs added
* Cobras and Bengal tiger added
* Safari Camp added
* Gorilla and Croc added
* Baboons and Lion cave added
* Python and Water Buffalos added
So specifically I am looking for what was added prior to 1962, and what was replaced or moved over the years. I know the original Gorillas were removed at some point because the Python sits in their current location. One of the African Elephants resided close to the current Gorilla Camp and the other was across from the Gorilla and Croc, when were they moved? The article mentions the Giraffes, but not the Zebra or Gnu, were they added later? and were the Giraffes in the same spot or were they moved from elsewhere? Where were the Lions originally? Where were the swimming Crocs?
I also noticed in one of the photos that the Jungle used to have jackals, and I know the ruins used to have monkeys in the trees, are there any other animals that are now "extinct"?
Sorry for all the questions. Thank you for any and all information you can provide.