The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is putting a new twist on an old school tradition—sending out birth announcements for new additions to the park through social media.
The Litchfield Park attraction is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the facility is introducing giraffe No. 3—Jackie, who made her debut on March 7. At a few weeks old, she’s already over 6 feet tall.
“We are excited to share updates of baby Jackie through our social media platforms, so families can still be inspired and involved from the safety of their homes,” says Kristy Morcom, the facility’s media relations director.
In the wild, the giraffe population is under a lot of pressure. This is largely due to habitat loss, fragmentation, degradation, poaching and ultimately the growth of the human population.
Giraffes are declared vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Joining in the fight to save the giraffe population from extinction, Wildlife World has donated to worthy organizations working to preserve these gentle giants and has raised 12 giraffes in the last 18 years.
The Wildlife World’s giraffes are ambassadors for their species and inspire visitors to conserve and protect their wild counterparts.
Mickey Ollson, founder of the Wildlife World Zoo, believes the success of the zoo’s internationally recognized giraffe breeding program is due to the expertise and dedication from its management, keepers, veterinary team and Arizona’s ideal climate conditions, which are similar to Africa’s savannas.
Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter century. Wildlife World strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with its breeding programs. As a USDA-licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums, Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park doesn’t receive taxpayer funding. The park will reopen when deemed safe.
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park, 16501 W. Northern Avenue, Litchfield Park, 623.935.9453, wildlifeworld.com.