Johari the Giraffe follows in the footsteps of another fairly famous giraffe, April, by broadcasting his work live around the world. Johari is due to give birth overnight and fans can’t get enough of the Animal Adventure Park live stream with thousands of streams every day to keep abreast of her progress.
Guardians of Johari’s house in Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, have confirmed that the giraffe could have her baby any day now.
Writing on YouTube, the park said: “We all look forward to seeing if Johari will honor us with a calf!”
However, his guardians were unable to pinpoint an exact due date, writing on Facebook: âDue date? Who knows!
âWe continue to monitor progress and work with our veterinary teams to make sure we are ready, and Johari continues to receive the best possible care for a potential calf. “
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Responding to photos of Johari’s pregnant belly on Facebook, users were delighted to hear the news of another calf on the way.
One of them wrote: âThis belly !!! I love this trip and getting to know Joh.
“This is our sassy girl with a honey garnish. The relationship she has developed with her caretakers is so beautiful to see.”
Another said: âWe all need a little extra joy and love now. What a wonderful way to bring some peace to the world through nature by bringing a new baby into the world.
“Thanks for the update and can’t wait to love another baby giraffe”
On its website, the park details how the number of giraffes has declined by 40% in the past 30 years alone.
About 90,000 giraffes remain in the wild, with an estimate of only 1,200 in captive management programs.
Giraffes are now listed as “vulnerable to extinction” on the IUCN Red List, and already seven species of the animal have gone extinct.
Giraffe populations are threatened by habitat destruction, human encroachment, pollution and poaching
Facts about the birth of the giraffe
Northern giraffes are actually 15 months pregnant
Mothers give birth to calves standing up so as not to damage their babies’ long necks
Newborn giraffes are about six feet tall
Babies get up right away, and within hours can feed and walk – an important force in nature to keep away from predators
Mother giraffes often raise their young in nursery herds alongside other females and their calves