Lion Country Safari, home to one of the largest herd of giraffes in the country, is celebrating World Giraffe Day June 21, 2014. World Giraffe Day is a new worldwide initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to celebrate giraffes and to raise awareness of the challenges they face in the wild. Only 80,000 giraffe remain in the wild.
Many of the animals on safari will get “giraffe-themed enrichments”, including the lions, antelope and rhinos. The herd of giraffes on safari will also get enrichments throughout the day. From noon – 2pm guests can make a giraffe-themed craft in our Education Station.
Lion Country Safari anticipates 4 giraffe births this year. Female giraffe reproduce year-round beginning at about four years of age. Their conception peak is usually during the rainy season and their gestation lasts approximately fifteen months. Giraffe calves are born while the mother is in a standing position and they drop to the ground head first. Life expectancy of a giraffe is twenty-five years.
Lion Country Safari is dedicated to the captive breeding of a number of rare or endangered species and is proud to participate in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival plan. This conservation program helps to ensure the survival of selected wildlife species.
TPAers, did you know Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee is the original LCS park here in the United States? Have you ever been? Share your thoughts and experiences with other fans below!