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Masai Giraffe to join Kilimanjaro Safaris Savanna at Animal Kingdom

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    The first Masai giraffe calf, a male, was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom a few month's ago and will go out on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna within the next few weeks.

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    Some intersting facts:

    • There are two subspecies of giraffe—Masai and reticulated—roaming the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna. Most are now Masai giraffe, with reticulated giraffe making their home on the savannas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Having two kinds of giraffe enables cast members to share even more great stories about these amazing animals.

    • The Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) can be found in southern Kenya and throughout Tanzania. Reticulated giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) are widely found in northern Kenya and in Somalia.

    • The Masai giraffe’s coat features jagged-edged patches. The patches are dark brown on a cream background, making the Masai the darkest-colored subspecies. The reticulated giraffe’s coat features a pattern of very defined patches that usually are orangish brown. The patches are separated by bright white lines, and the lower part of the legs are a lighter color.

    • It is estimated that there are fewer than 40,000 Masai giraffe in the wild. The reticulated giraffe is more threatened in the wild, with numbers fewer than 5,000. Giraffes are threatened by habitat loss and habitat fragmentation, poaching, and human-wildlife conflicts.

    The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) helps to support conservation programs for wildlife like giraffes. For example, through a recent project, the DWCF helped Tusk Trust USA and the Ruko Community Wildlife Conservancy reintroduce Rothschild’s giraffes in Kenya. This program also enhances community awareness of wildlife conservation through anti-poaching, wildlife monitoring, and educational programs in local schools. Since its inception in 1995, the DWCF has provided more than $4.5 million to support habitat conservation for giraffes and other African wildlife. Through a collaboration with Disneynature and the “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” campaign, the DWCF also helped the African Wildlife Foundation to protect more than 65,000 acres of land in Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor to enable indigenous animals including giraffes, cheetahs, and lions to roam freely between protected habitats.
     
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    I really hope we get to see it
     
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    He is amazing!!! Would anything bad happen if you run up and hug them?? :lol:
     
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    I love giraffes! Cool animal to be sure.

    Learn something new every day....there is a constellation known as camelopardalis. BTW living giraffes are much cooler looking that the constellation...have to have a really good imagination to see it in the sky.
     
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    How gorgeous, I would love to get hold of him and give a good welsh 'cwtch'. :hug1:
     
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    Saw him a couple of,times today....he is soooooooo adorable!
    Trucks aren't allowed to stop near him for photo opportunities though. We did get a few good pics of him and mum.

    Waiting for Nemo to start right now :yes:
     
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    Now I'm doing the safari trek, am reallllly hoping to find out more about him.
     
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    Make sure you take lots of photos :D
     

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