On April 22, 1998 Animal Kingdom opened its gates to guests. April 22 is a special day as it is also Earth Day. Animal Kingdom is house to approximately 1000 animals and more than 150 species have reproduced at the park since opening.
Dedication by Michael Eisner:
Welcome to a kingdom of animals… real, ancient, and imagined: a kingdom ruled by lions, dinosaurs, and dragons; a kingdom of balance, harmony, and survival; a kingdom we enter to share in the wonder, gaze at the beauty, thrill at the drama, and learn.