Students design giraffe barn with Animal Adventure’s Jordan Patch


A construction challenge faced by Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville has inspired some elementary school students to tackle a project of their own.

The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Chenango Bridge Elementary recently hosted Animal Adventure owner Jordan Patch.

Last year, the animal park had to scramble to build a new barn for its giraffe Tajiri in just a month after it learned that he wouldn’t be moving to another park as planned.

The story inspired the students to come up with their own ideas for what a giraffe barn should look like.

Under the guidance of STEAM teacher Carrie Tronovitch, the kids did research, designed a floor plan, worked on their budget and are creating 3-D models.

Jordan Patch says, “We’re looking for energy efficient alternatives when constructing, but also building structures that can hold an 18 foot tall, 2500 lb animal.  So, from the ground to the ceiling, every aspect of a giraffe barn is built with a purpose.”

Patch says the new shelter took into account Tajiri’s health and safety, includes some companion animals and is designed for the benefit of the keepers and veterinarians as well.

Meanwhile Tajiri’s mother, April is pregnant again and expected to deliver her 5th calf in the coming months.

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