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World Vine Valley
Type Forest
Theme Forest Frenzy

Bonus level(s) 3
Animal Buddies None
Enemies encountered Necky, Mini Necky, Zinger

Game Donkey Kong Country

Vulture Culture is the introductory level of Vine Valley, as well as the first level to take place in a forest.


Diddy bounces off a Necky.

Vulture Culture features a several Necky and Mini-Necky enemies, the latter making their debut appearance (or second appearance in the Game Boy Color version). Necky enemies are usually used to be jumped off of, or avoided. Mini-Necky enemies, despite their smaller size, can be more threatening than their elder counterparts, due to the fact that they spit nut projectiles out of their mouths every few seconds. Aside from the vulture enemies, there is a fair amount of barrel blasting in this level, whether it entail proper launch timing or being launched into Necky enemies to jump off of.

Tree Top Town will be made available upon the conclusion of this stage.



  • Bananas: 39 (60 Hidden Bananas, 13 in bonus)
  • DK Barrels: 4
  • K-O-N-G Letters:
    • K: At the stationary Necky who flings nuts, one must defeat it and use the tire to jump on the dirt pile nearby to break it out.
    • O: After the two columns with Neckys and the Mini-Necky.
    • N: In the third bonus level.
    • G: At the final two Zingers in the level.
  • Star Barrel: After the four Necky enemies in a row, Donkey/Diddy must time the barrel launch upward to break it.

Bonus Levels

  • Spell it Out: A nut-throwing Necky guards a loose tire. The Kongs must kill that Necky and push the tire until they reach the edge of a nearby cliff. They must then bounce on that tire to find a hidden Bonus Barrel. Inside, they must spell "Kong" using spinning K-O-N-G letters, being careful not to hit any of the Kritter heads (which will both speed up the spinning and reverse its direction).
  • Bash the Baddies: Just before the Star Barrel, after a pit with two Neckies followed by a strip of land with a Mini-Necky, the Kongs must bash a weak spot on the ground somewhere to reveal a barrel. They must then use that barrel on a nearby wall. There's a glitch in the SNES version where Donkey Kong can break the wall open simply by landing near it. Either way, the Kongs must stomp on the two Klaptraps inside ten times. With each successive hit, the Kongs get a banana bunch that only gives out one banana initially, but gives out more each time (except in the GBA version, where they always give out 10 bananas).
  • Find the Exit: Another nut-throwing Necky appears on a high ledge next to a white fuzzy spot on the ground (a weak spot). The Kongs must kill this Necky and hit the weak spot from the height they're at. They'll reveal a barrel which they must then use on a wall near where the Necky was. The bonus level inside is like Barrel Cannon Canyon's first bonus: the Kongs must blast through a line of Barrel Cannons on their way to the exit. One of the rewards is an N.


Super Nintendo

Game Boy Color

Game Boy Advance


  • This level's name may derive from an eponymous 1985 album, whose name was itself derived from "culture vulture", a person that is supposedly well-versed in the fine arts.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, the Mini Necky at the end of the level was removed.

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