VOTE TO NAME THE BABY: WWW.NAMEAPRILSCALF.COMnnTEXT ALERT SYSTEM NOW AVAILABLE: www.Aprilthegiraffe.comnnAnimal Adventure ParknHarpursville, NYnwww.TheAnimalAdventurePark.comnnDaily Updates at:nwww.facebook.com/AnimalAdventurePark/ nnOfficial April the Giraffe Apparelnwww.wwsport.com/r/AprilTheGiraffennPost pregnancy nutrition is important, so Mazuri is gifting 100s of pounds of food to keep April on her A-Game! The Official Feed Company of Animal Adventure! www.mazuri.com/nnInspired to sponsor our Giraffes? We have a safe platform form gifting linked below:nwww.gofundme.com/ApriltheGiraffennTHINGS TO KNOW:nApril is 15 - her 4th calf nApril has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn nOliver is 5 - his 1st calfnnThey have some of the largest indoor stalls 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.
Unsafe weather and yard conditions may limit their yard access.nnThe calf will weigh around 150lb and will be about 6' tall at birth.nThe front hooves will come out first followed by the snout.nnMom 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.
nnOnce the calf is born, we will have a contest to name it.nnThe 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!nnGiraffes are pregnant for 15 months on averagennUpon 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.
nnThose "things" on their heads are called ossicones.nnBulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable....nOliver may share space with April, but for short periods.
Bulls take no part in rearing young.
nnThey eat hay and specialized giraffe diet but love romaine lettuce and carrot treats.
nnApril's water source, enrichment, and solo hay feeder are out of sight of the camera view.nnThis is Animal Adventure's first giraffe calf.n -------------------------------------