Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park Celebrates World Giraffe Day With A Long-Awaited Birth of a Reticulated Giraffe!!!
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park celebrates World Giraffe Day, June 21st, by welcoming a newborn reticulated giraffe to the family! Jarabi, already standing 6 feet tall, made his debut into the world earlier this month! The playful newborn can now be seen on exhibit exploring and bonding with mom!
Female giraffes have a gestation of up to fifteen months, one of the longest gestations in the animal kingdom. In a statement made by Wildlife World’s Deputy Director, Jack Ewert, “the calf is thriving under the close watch of his attentive mother. Over the next few weeks, keepers will continue to introduce mother and baby to the rest of the herd.”
At Wildlife World’s 12-foot tall giraffe feeding station, visitors have a unique opportunity to feed and come face-to-face with the giraffes and see the newest addition to the giraffe herd. Using their 18-inch tongue and prehensile lips, these gentle giant’s will eat a mouthful of pellets right out of your hand for a one of a kind experience!
In the wild, the giraffe population is under a lot of pressure. This is largely due to habitat loss, fragmentation, degradation, poaching, and ultimately the growth of the human population. In 2016, the species was declared Vulnerable to Extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Joining in the fight to save the giraffe population from extinction, Wildlife World has not only donated to worthy organizations working to preserve these gentle giants but has also raised 10 giraffes’ in the last 17 years! The giraffes are ambassadors for their species and inspire visitors to conserve and protect their wild counterparts. Mickey Ollson, founder of the Wildlife World Zoo, believes the success of the zoo’s internationally recognized giraffe breeding program is due to the expertise and dedication from its management, keepers, veterinary team, and Arizona’s ideal climate conditions, which is similar to the savannas throughout Africa.
With more than 600 species & 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include a baby jaguar, colobus monkey & several hoofed animal species, including a wildebeests and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.
As an USDA licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World in its nearly 35-year history.
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ (SE Corner of State Route 303 and Northern Ave.) Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.
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