Animal Journey reopens for the season with new giraffe, Desmond

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HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVT/WSYR) — Wednesday was the opening day for Animal Journey Park, with tons of latest, thrilling choices for friends and animals alike throughout its ninth season.

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After a 12 months of COVID, the park is trying ahead to issues beginning to return to a way of normalcy once more. Locals—together with guests from all through New York and a few dozen different states—came visiting their favourite animals.

Jordan Patch, the proprietor of Animal Journey, mentioned the main focus has been on the Australian part of the zoo. Guests can sit up for a brand new Aussie Outpost, the place they will stroll amongst the boxing marsupials.

The beginning of every new can be child season. On Wednesday’s opening day, a child reindeer was born. The reindeer is a male and has not but been named.

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Launching with out the beloved April the giraffe undoubtedly leaves lots of people with empty hearts. After the lack of April, the park was ready to usher in a brand new child giraffe named Desmond.

Desmond is a few 12 months and a half outdated and was out and about having fun with a number of carrots from guests. Bringing Desmond in brings the full variety of giraffes again as much as 4. Although it’s too quickly to inform if the feminine giraffe, Johari, is pregnant this child season, she mentioned Desmond might have a brand new buddy sooner or later.

Patch says you may name it “Giraffic Park.”

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“Desmond is adjusting nice to our crowds, we didn’t know precisely what to anticipate however he was welcomed with open arms by many individuals immediately and is doing simply advantageous with that heat welcoming. He’s adjusted to residing together with his companion, Taj, and we’re trying ahead to a terrific season with him,” Patch mentioned.

Tajiri is the calf of April. They captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of animal lovers from around the globe who anxiously awaited Tajiri’s start on YouTube.

Jean Hamilton traveled all the best way from Connecticut. She says has misplaced observe of what number of occasions she’s been right here. “Desmond could be very cute. I’m glad Taj has a buddy,” she mentioned. “It opens your coronary heart just a bit bit extra and eliminates the disappointment of dropping our candy April. It actually helped. It actually made everyone smile.”

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Whereas April’s dying devastated many, it looks as if Desmond has already captured the hearts of many extra. He made his method from the Milwaukee County Zoo to develop into Taj’s lifelong companion. The 2 zoos began speaking concerning the applicable placement and pairing of the 2 younger bachelor giraffes in what they are saying is a comparatively pure transition away from their moms to a nomadic bachelor life-style.

Usually, male giraffes can’t be in the identical space collectively. Since Desmond continues to be a child and Taj simply reached that mature age, there is no such thing as a concern with them being collectively in the intervening time. When male giraffes go away their moms, they usually kind bachelor teams within the wild and roam collectively.

The park is open day-after-day from 10 a.m. to five p.m. They are saying they are going to have way more to share about about future plans for the giraffe program all through the season.

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