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HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (WCMH) – A New York petting zoo is sharing the joy as they expect a baby giraffe to be born.
The Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, is live-streaming as their 15-year-old giraffe April and her mate Oliver welcome their baby.
Jordan Patch, the owner of the park, told Spectrum News that April is in the last stage of her pregnancy. See a gallery of photos below the story.
Giraffes have a 15-month gestation period, according to Patch. When the baby is born, it will likely stand around 6 feet tall and weigh around 150 pounds.
The baby is expected to be born sometime in the next few days.
“Process can take a few hours or a day or so – once hooves appear it will be 60 minutes before it’s out and on the ground,” Patch told WCMH.
According to CNBC, giraffe populations have been rapidly decimated across Africa and the species is threatened with extinction.
Giraffes were moved from Least Concern list to the Vulnerable list by the IUCN due to a dramatic 36 to 40 percent decline from approximately 151,702 to 163,452 individuals in 1985 to 97,562 in 2015.
The group cited Illegal hunting, habitat loss, and changes through expanding agriculture and mining, increasing human-wildlife conflict, and civil unrest as reasons pushing the species towards extinction. Of the nine subspecies of giraffe, three have increasing populations, whilst five have decreasing populations and one is stable, according to the IUCN.
Patch told Spectrum News that he believes the giraffe born at the Animal Adventure Park will be important for the continued viability of the species.
Facts about the giraffes shared by the Adventure Animal Park: