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What To Watch For With April The Giraffe Today

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (CBS4) – April’s status remains the same – she’s pregnant – but the park will be doing some fun enrichment with her today.

Animal Adventure Park posted to Facebook Wednesday morning letting everyone know to watch for a new item placed in her stall today courtesy one of her fans.

The other good news from their post is that zookeeper Allysa “is back on site and doing better from her cold.”

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: Follow Animal Adventure Park On Facebook

Comments

One Comment

  1. James Cox says:

    Why oh why? A quick google search will turn up lots of giraffe births for heaven’s sake. This is nothing but a money making venture….have you seen the April store….LOL. Memphis just had a giraffe birth just this past weekend and it’s on you tube also. You can also replay the plop all you want.

  2. TR Oll says:

    Would someone please, PLEASE mix some pitocin in with her feed? I love nature as much as anyone but damn I am tired of hearing about this giraffe.

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