LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.--Disney's 500-acre Animal Kingdom park
here expects to open on schedule April 22 and to conduct its
wildlife safari program as planned, despite the recent accidental
deaths of 13 animals, a spokeswoman said.
Two West African crown cranes were run over by the park's tour
vehicles, and four cheetah cubs succumbed to a chemical substance,
which may also have been responsible for cheetah deaths at other
parks. The deaths of two rhinos, two hippos, and three herd animal
deaths are under scrutiny by zoology experts.
Animal rights activitists, who were opposed to the theme park
when it was announced, are expected to demonstrate at the
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials found no violations of
the Animal Welfare Act.