This close up of the Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom shows some of the amazing artwork carved into the trunk. This manmade icon stands at 145 feet tall and contains over 325 animal carvings. It took over two years for the artists to complete the incredible task of forming these creatures into this structure. The engineering of the tree is also quite a marvel. It had to be able to stand up to hurricane force winds so they actually used a modified oil rig as the internal support for the tree. The next time you are at Animal Kingdom, I highly recommend walking on the Discovery Island Trails to get a close up view of the animal carvings.