I visited the Animal Adventure Park today and saw April the Giraffe, Oliver (dad), and their baby Tajiri.
The Park is nicely done. The animals look healthy, the environment is well maintained, and the animals have enrichment programs. There is also nice landscaping around many enclosures. I was impressed.
The highlight, of course, was seeing April and Taj. I was one of the millions who watched April give birth to the calf. Therefore, it was very special to see the giraffes live. There is an interesting set up that allows the park visitors to feed carrots to April and Taj. This allows for some intimate contact which was thrilling to the visitors young, old, and everyone in between. I was able to touch April and it was incredible to be so close to such a beautiful animal.
My favorite animals turned out to be three young bears. I got a short video of one of the bears licking peanut butter off a tire. Click here. The park keepers brought some apple tree branches into the enclosure and two of the bears had a blast playing with them. Who knew how much fun branches could be? The bears were just too cute.
The park runs a live cam of the giraffes on Sunday through Friday 4-8pm. See it here.
I brought home a giraffe and Dart has been wary, but curious about it. It’s a lot bigger than he is! Regis almost broke a rib he laughed so hard when he saw me bring the giraffe out of the car.