Latest Updates on April the Giraffe at Animal Adventure Park

April the Giraffe Live Update 

Official Launch: Ava’s Little Heroes 2019 supporting the HCA

Ava's Little Heroes is an annual fundraising campaign named after Ava Patch, the daughter of Jordan and Colleen Patch, owners of Animal Adventure Park.

Ava's Little Heroes was inspired by the support, love and kindness shown to park owners Jordan and Colleen Patch in 2016, when their infant daughter Ava suffered complications from brain surgery to mitigate a cyst. An eleven-day intensive care stay, plagued by uncontrollable seizures and fevers, prompted a new diagnosis – Ava had a rare form of Epilepsy called Aicardi Syndrome. She endured dozens of seizure, on a daily basis, that hindered her development and provided a grim prognosis. Prayers were answered after a successful, life-changing brain surgery – a hemispherotomy – in October 2017. Ava has been seizure-free ever since, and making incredible progress. She will always be Colleen and Jordan’s little superhero.

The support from around the community throughout Ava’s tumultuous health journey, flooded the hearts of the Patches. They decided to pay it forward by holding an annual event in their daughter’s name to raise awareness and funds to support children battling serious medical issues. In two years, over $65,000 has been raised and gifted to local families and community initiatives.

This year, the Patch family has chose to support the HCA, a local non-profit organization that has been instrumental in Ava's therapies and progress. "We have seen, first hand, the victories achieved when receiving the services of the HCA. We can't think of a more deserving local agency, that provides services and hope to so many in our community".

More information about The Handicapped Children's Association of Southern NY, Inc.:

HCA, Helping Celebrate Abilities, has been providing services to the disabled population since 1947. What began as a small preschool for special needs children has grown into a much larger organization serving people with disabilities of all ages. These programs include 15 residential group homes, 10 integrated preschool classrooms as well as respite, habilitation, counseling, employment, and self-directed services. HCA is a NYS Cerebral Palsy Affiliate as well as a United Way Member Agency.

The campaign will last the month of September!

100% of your contributions are Tax Deductible and will go directly to The HCA

Get yours: HERE

We go LIVE each Friday, for the next 9 weeks at 10:10 am – answering 10 questions in 10 minutes – or whichever comes first!

Submit your questions in the live commenting and we just may answer!

If at the park for a 10 in 10, join us for the filming and ask away!

Do not miss out on April`s Halloween Merchandise


Please get yours:  HERE

National Zoo Keeper Week Spotlight:


Lucas has been a long time animal care team member, having worked his way through the ranks, growing with the park and taking on the huge responsibility of the park’s large carnivores! While the animals in his charge can pose a risk every minute of the day, Lucas’ level head, attention to detail and dedication have allowed him to grow many of our carnivores from cub to adult cat – with safety always in mind and as priority.

SUNY Cortland

Industry experience: 
4 years

Seasons at AAP:

Current species/area of care:
Large Carnivores
Eurasian Eagle Owl 

Favorite Species at the park: 
African Lion

What do you want the world to know about your career that they may not be aware of?

Zookeepers get very little time off! 
Vacation days are minimal and rare. Sick days aren’t generally an option. We work holidays, all weather conditions, all temperatures! 
The animals need care every single day, so it is our responsibility to provide that care, every single day!

Video April the Giraffe Giving Birth


Jordan Patch Interview and give some updates on April the Giraffe:

Dr. Tim visits April and Corey Cleans April`s stall 

Happy 4 months to this BIG “little guy” Azizi!

Independent and fast growing, he stands approximately 7 1/2 feet tall – and eats as much solid food as he does mom, April’s, milk!

How Much Does April the Giraffe's Baby Weigh

He very much enjoys the current Giraffe yard 2 area with Mom and Big Brother Tajiri!

Both of April’s calves that have been born at Animal Adventure, still reside with us, and April – naturally weaned on their own timeline.

April and Baby

April, Taj, & Azizi are responding great to chute training; which will make veterinary procedures safe and less stressful for humans and animals!

4 cheers for Azizi on 4 months!

Do not miss out on April and Azizi`s coffee mug

Get yours: HERE

Strut your stuff around the park and you may encounter our two free range peacocks! 

Peafowl are a species of Pheasant native to Asia. 
They are remarkably well adapted and beautiful birds. Males sport a notable train (tail feathers) that are used to court potential mates. The train molts (sheds) after breeding season and regrows again each year! 

Animal Adventure Park's Oliver & Johari Giraffe Cam

Happy Mother’s Day to those leading and loving their family, flock, herd, and tower!

Spend your day with our many animal moms!

We celebrate with FREE admission for all mothers!

The view from our new Giraffe Encounter Deck is North, South, East & West!

Bring your cameras for the giraffes…capture the landscape!

Johari is 14 ft tall and April is 15 ft tall.

Animal Adventure Park Giraffe Encounter

Tajiri and Johari the Giraffe 

Taj & Joh approved!

Will we see YOU in 2019!?

Full interview Jordan Patch at Animal Adventure Park

Happy Birthday Tajiri!

He is celebrating his 2nd Birthday!

From 5’9” to 11’ in just two years, the calf that captivated the world, is now the bull of his own exhibit.

With Johari by his side, Taj continues to entertain his fans each day!

Extra treats are in order today!

Healthy, Thriving, Gaining, Growing!

Today, our team welcomed Tajiri & Johari into their new exhibit yard!

Fresh soft sand, room to run, and a team giving the thumbs up!

A few changes and modifications and they will be ready for our guests May 1st – opening day!

Tajiri and Johari

Tajiri and Johari at Animal Advennture Park

By popular demand, the birds eye view of the start of April’s labor with Azizi, and our discovery of the start of the process! Good for a laugh!

“The coffee spill seen around the world!”

As dawn breaks and the fog lifts, our teams will soon ascend on the park and continue to work on a number of projects for a bigger, better Animal Adventure!

Pictured is a panoramic shot from the new giraffe encounter deck, a part of Taj and Johari’s new exhibit!

May 1st is quickly approaching – will you be on this deck in 2019?

We have a name!

Azizi (Ah-ZEE-ZEE) "Azi" "Az"

Fans cast their votes in an online naming contest, narrowing the options down to a pool of 20 names. Fans ultimately picked ‘Keeper’s Choice’, passing the big decision to the beloved giraffe care team. The team chose to honor one of the top 20 name selections voted on by our fans.

Azizi, having a few origins, has meanings that truly identify with the personality of the young male giraffe. Precious, powerful, beloved, and “the mighty one” are descriptive of our independent calf, that will someday grow to a possible eighteen feet and weigh over 2,000 pounds. Other top contenders included Finnegan, Apollo, and Zumi.

Oliver and April welcomed the healthy calf on Saturday, March 16th. He’s now weighing in at over 170 lbs, and stands 6’ tall!

Good morning everyone!

We thought it was hilarious how brave our little bull was after the keepers were out and he had the stall to himself. He sure showed them what he could do!

He is a pistol and so full of energy. We need some of that. Older you get you feel it. 

New exclusive content is up and our calf as of today ( March 29th) is just shy of 170 pounds and even a cameo of Tajiri in the new content

Round 2 of voting has begun.

We are now into Round 2 of name voting for our calf!

Now you can vote for your favorite from these names:

Zumi the Giraffe

Noah the Giraffe

Finn/Finnegan the Giraffe

Azizi the Giraffe

Keeper’s/Cory’s Choice

Apollo the Giraffe

Patrick the giraffe

Jabari the giraffe

Gene the giraffe

Daniel the Giraffe

Harpur the Giraffe

Patches the Giraffe

Dash the Giraffe

Jett the Giraffe

Toby the Giraffe

Paddy the Giraffe

Zuberi the Giraffe

Jabori the Giraffe

Clover the Giraffe

Bahati the Giraffe

Please vote : HERE

Voting will end at 11:59pm eastern time March 31st and we will announce the name of April’s new calf on April 1, 2019.

Now weighing just shy of 160 lbs, our little boy boldly displays his rambunctious personality and antics to our giraffe cam viewers on a daily basis

Baby already nibbles at hay but really is not consuming, baby will begin to likely take more interest in solids between month 3-6

Even an animal momma loves, values and cares for her little one even as it's on it's way into the world. What a sad reflection on human mommas who are aborting their babies right up to the moment of birth, and even then.

A sweet moment of April

March 22st Morning update 

The calf is growing and gaining. Calf weighed in at 139 birth and now shy of 150

Height is 5'11" – growth is slower than gain

April encourages the calf to stand, to stay mobile, and to sometimes nurse

April has recovered wonderfully from the birth

Calf and mom can venture outside when temps are safe again

April starting to push/calf emerge while laying down was a shock to us all

April and Oliver

Baby boy giraffe at Animal Adventure Par

Do not miss out on Giraffe`s matching family party or birthday family with our babies

Spring has Sprung!

Our calf continues to progress and develop!

We are very happy to report the calf continues to gain weight, which indicates proper lactation and nursing! 
April and calf are both learning the daily routine and allowing our team to get hands on, to perform wellness checks and record necessary data.

April the Giraffe Calf

April the Giraffe`s Calf 

Make no mistake, every calf born counts!
With wild giraffe populations plummeting, now more than ever, successes in responsible propagation programs are continuing to provide strong genetic diversity in captive management programs. These bloodlines are the future bloodlines that can reestablish wild populations.

Much like the success in recent years with the reintroduction of the once extinct in the wild, scimitar oryx, to native ranges; captive management programs do serve a purpose, and do send animals "home"!

What must we do? 
Conserve and preserve natural habitats, to give them a fighting chance. Support conservation initiatives and sustainable practices that can allow human and animal to coexist. It can, and does happen!

March 19th April and Baby update:

Our little guy is growing and gaining

Everything has truly been text book thus far for development and behavior!

April the Giraffe and New Baby bring us zero concern – 48 hours is a fragile period of time and they aced it

Now we all breath a little easier – and can focus on the fun of naming the calf!

We will gain much more weight than inches initially!

Baby is good with staff – he comes up to the fence lines and is quite curious of everyone

​When we do our wellness checks on him, he is caution initially but then lets the exam occur without fuss

All will return to normal soon – its just these first few days we need to really get hands on to collect necessary data

For those of you that are interested, here is what the covering over Jr's hooves looks like. It is almost entirely worn off during his exam the following morning

April the Giraffe and New Baby

April the Giraffe and New Baby

We are happy to report, the new calf has had a strong and adventurous first couple days of life!

The little guy is up 5 lbs from yesterday! To us, this means mom is producing milk and baby is nursing successfully!

His ossicones (black hair tufts at this time) have stood up on his head!

The calf has been observed by Giraffe Cam viewers, stretching those legs in full stride, galloping around mom, April! She certainly has her hooves full with this one!

So what's next? We need a name! :  Vote HERE

We captured this sweet moment today of baby and Dad, Oliver.

Oliver and baby


Photos & video of the birth, and the calf's first moments are up! We will be posting updated photos and videos of the calf and family for the next 4 weeks! 

March 18th Morning update on April and her baby

Baby is doing absolutely perfect, as is mom, there is no issue to him

Staff cleans April`s stall this morning

MoreHow Many Babies Does April the Giraffe Have?

March 17th morning update 

How much does April`s baby weigh and tall?

April the Giraffe and Her New Baby

Welcome to the world little one!

Early this morning, April’s behavior suggested a calf was on the way. Team members cleaned and prepared and then left the barn to give April her space.

April and baby boy

April the giraffe and baby at Animal Adventure Park

Cute boy

April the Giraffe Baby Name

Sweet mom and boy

Approximately 11:00 am, Jordan entered the barn to check April, who laid with her back end just out of camera view on both camera angles. Upon Jordan’s entry to the barn, April stood up and revealed that she had in fact been in labor and the calf’s hooves and first 8-10” of leg were emerging!

Labor alerts were quickly initiated, Veterinary and park staff called to the barn and we watched with over 300k other viewers!

Approximately 12:43 pm, our calf made its big “splash” into the world! Dr Tim quickly identified we had welcomed a baby boy!

Calf and mother bonded quickly. 
Calf was on it’s feet around 1:27 pm 
Nursing was observed 1:51 pm

Teams have since left the barn to allow mom and calf to continue their bond and build strength.

Tomorrow, a full exam of the calf will take place and provide weight and height.

Thank you for all of the support and cheers from around the world, as we welcomed our newest calf! 

It's a boy! April's New baby's gender has been revealed.

April went into labor around 11 a.m. and the baby arrived on the ground around 12:43 p.m.

The newborn giraffe was steady and on its feet by 1:27 p.m., and nursing by 1:51 p.m., according to the park.

1:00 am eastern April began to spend much more time cleaning and stimulating her back end. The behavior continues at this time.

Significant discharge is present until cleaned, and that cycle continues.

Keep April, Dr Tim, and our Team in your thoughts as we navigate the coming hours, maybe day, perhaps longer, as we approach what would suggest the arrival of a new calf.

Another April Curveball? Stay tuned!

March 16th Update April the Giraffe

2: 20 AM live update

April hasn't laid down in about 3, 4 hours?

April looks like a pro and has it all under control. She looks quite content right now. A true champ!

​She's playing with the bag a lot more aggressively than she normally does. It seems to be a stress-reliever for her right now.

April looks good. She’s walking through the contractions, keeping her energy up with snacks and drinking. She’s awesome.

March 15th EVENING Update:

"I Survived the Glitch of 3/15"

Quite the afternoon for cam viewers and chatters!

Many tuned in and witnessed the same thing Jordan did, which had him rushing to the park! Was that hooves? The "bubble" (amniotic sac)? She's licking and it appears SOMETHING is there!

Kyle cleans stall today

A race to the park and a few phone calls, Dr Tim & Jordan arrived at the same time. What did they discover? A giraffe not in labor and the camera had a serious glitch! On screen, was a frozen frame from the afternoon, in the Birds Eye view, and a delayed webcam view. Better now than the big moment to discover this issue!

After some help from our techie Adam, and a lot of cam switches back and forth, all was well. But, it may have taken chat a good 15 minutes to settle – but we are now back on track!

As for April, what can we say? 
All signs point to a Go Time!
Discharge present in photo – full udder!

Healthy, Happy, Hungry.

March 15th Morning update on April the giraffe%


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