Back in March, Shanghai Disney Resort took the first step in its phased reopening and partially resumed operations, offering a limited number of recreational experiences in Wishing Star Park.
For Earth Month, the resort is celebrating nature through the discovery of a new bird species at the eco-friendly park, which features a 100-acre lake that brings together a variety of birds and butterflies and serves as a favorable living environment for wildlife.
In July 2015, the first bird species survey was conducted, one year prior to the resort’s official opening. Shanghai Disney Resort’s Citizenship and Community Relations team partnered with Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment team; Disney Conservation Team wildlife experts; and bird experts from the Shanghai Wildlife Conservation Association to design and implement a monthly bird-monitoring program around Wishing Star Lake — which helped identify the latest species in the park, counting 106 species in all.
Since the opening of the park, the initial bird species count has more than doubled, allowing birds like the Common Coot, the Chinese Spot-billed Duck, the Light-vented Bulbul, the Tree Sparrow, the Common Moorhen, and the Little Grebe to thrive.
In addition, many rare bird species can be seen, including the Peregrine Falcon, the Japanese Buzzard, and the Western Osprey. In the past few years, breeding has even been reported at the park, as well as migrating birds using the park as a stopover site during their migration.
The habitat at Wishing Star Park was created to allow guests to get closer to nature in an educational way, while also ensuring that they don’t disturb the wildlife.
Currently, Shanghai Disney Resort is partially reopened, with Shanghai Disneyland still temporarily closed to the public, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel open with limited operations, and Disneytown open with a limited number of offerings.
To learn more, visit ShanghaiDisneyResort.com.