There is a new addition to the giraffe family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on the savannah, Jabari, was born on January 14th. He stands nearly seven-feet-tall and until this week has spent his time bonding with his mom, Mara, in the backstage habitat. Jabari is a male Masai giraffe and true to his name he has been bold, curious and courageous. Jabari, in Swahili, means “brave one” and his name was chosen by the safari drives on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Jabari’s parents, Mara and George, were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This program ensures responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species to help with having healthy, future generations. Jabari has two older sisters, Amira and Aella, who were born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom last year.
The Masai giraffe are mainly found in Kenya and Tanzania are one of nine types of giraffe which is a vulnerable species. There are believed to be approximately 32,000 Masai giraffes left in the wild, and their population continues to decline due in part to poaching and habitat loss. Disney takes an active role in conservation and aiding endangered species, I will highlight some of the wonderful efforts in a future blog.
If you are planning a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, you won’t want to miss a ride on Kilimanjaro Safari and seeing this new calf. I recommend going in the morning when the animals are often the most active but anytime you go you are sure to see something new.
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