Animal Adventure Park Posts Giraffe Update

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (CBS4) – The Animal Adventure Park posted an update on pregnant giraffe April Monday morning.

“April is in much better mood today; but we completely understand her swings!” the park said on Facebook.

“She is a big girl and getting bigger. Last week, compared to this week, provides even further belly development and drop.”

It is unclear how much longer April has before she gives birth. Initially she was expected to be due anywhere between mid January to the end of February.

RELATED: April Is Still Expected, But Denver’s Giraffe ‘Dobby’ Is Absolutely Adorable

FAQs from Animal Adventure Park’s YouTube Channel:

THINGS TO KNOW:
April is 15 – her 4th calf
April has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn – odd rumor
Oliver is 5 – his 1st calf

They have some of the biggest pens in the nation (sq ft per animal). We take pride in our indoor housing and the level of enrichment and care to keep them happy and healthy.

The calf will weigh around 150lb and will be about 6′ tall at birth.
The front hooves will come out first followed by the snout.

Mom will naturally raise the calf, with weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer. We will not rush this process – it is just a documented range of captive weaning.

Once the calf is born, we will have a contest to name it.

The keepers will go in with April, clean her pen, give her treats (but not Oliver). He is a bull – and a bull is a bull is a bull!

Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months

Upon naturally weaning, the calf will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there. We cannot retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species.

Those “things” on their heads are called ossicones.

Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable….
Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods. Bulls take no part in rearing young.

They eat hay and specialized giraffe diet but love romaine lettuce and carrot treats.

April’s water source, enrichment, and solo hay feeder are out of sight of the camera view.

This is Animal Adventure’s first giraffe calf.

The Animal Adventure Park set up a GoFundMe account for those wishing to donate to help out the giraffe “family fund.”

LINK: Animal Adventure Park On Facebook

Comments

One Comment

  1. Lisa Legleu says:

    I cannot thank you enough for this great opportunity. I await the birth as so does most. But I MUST commend your facility and carekeepers of the utmost compassion and sincere concern of the health and happiness of April. I think she is adorable. I make up thoughts for her through her actions, speaking as a woman, and that of a pregnant woman. Lol. Special thanks to the young lady that cares for her in the evening. Her kindness, warmth and love is so evident as she plays with April, kisses her, and massages and kiss the baby. So loving.

    My one wish would be to have the funds to travel to New York and see her and her offspring in person. Keep up the great work. Lisa, Thibodaux, Louisiana.

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