The results are in: April the Giraffe is pregnant once again.
Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park, announced April’s big news Wednesday morning on The Today Show.
April’s fans have been anxiously awaiting this update.
In June, after thirty days of sample collection, the giraffe’s caretakers announced that they’d sent April’s fecal specimens to a laboratory for progesterone testing.
The analysis confirmed the suspicions of the giraffe’s handlers — April is already months into her pregnancy and expecting her fifth calf in early Spring 2019.
April ignited a viral internet sensation last winter, as the heavily pregnant giraffe captivated audiences around the world during the final weeks of her pregnancy.
On April 15, 2017, more than a million viewers tuned in to Animal Adventure Park’s live Giraffe Cam to watch April give birth to a healthy, male calf named Tajiri.
Mr. Patch is elated to share with the world that April is pregnant again – it is exciting for the park but carries much more value for giraffe as a species.
“Giraffes are currently listed as “vulnerable to extinction” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. At Animal Adventure Park, our top priority is preserving these beautiful, majestic creatures and increasing awareness of the threat giraffes are facing,” Mr. Patch said. “April’s prior pregnancy facilitated an immeasurable amount of education and appreciation for giraffes. We’re very proud of our captive management and propagation program and eager to continue doing all we can to help bring this species awareness and tangible results towards conservation.”
April’s fans will once again be able to follow her pregnancy journey via social media.