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Celebrating Safari: Canada welcomes its first artificially inseminated giraffe

Rothschild’s Giraffe at Paignton Zoo, Devon, England
Wikicommons:Photographed by Adrian Pingstone in July 2003 and released to the public domain

Safari, the first giraffe in Canada to be born after artificial insemination has finally made her public debut at the African Lion Safari & Game Farm in Hamilton, Ontario, nearly 5 months after the blessed event on December 31, 2013.

"She's a precocious young girl," stated Jason Pootoolal, giraffe and hoof supervisor at the Park, adding that.it took them more than nine years of research into reproductive technology in partnership with the University of Guelph and the German company Geolife to be able to successfully inseminate her mother Calgary with semen from her sire Jimmy. They now hope that Jimmy’s sperm will help breed more Rothschild’s giraffes to repopulate the endangered species in the wild. It is now believed that there are only 1,100 left outside of zoos, most notably in Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park and Murchison Falls National Park located in northern Uganda.

Rothschild’s giraffes were first brought to African Lion Safari in 1973, with the first calf born there (naturally) in 1977. Today, it is home to more than 1,000 species of exotic animals and birds . In addition to there research regarding the giraffes, African Lion Safari is conducting work on artificial insemination with Asian elephants, white and one-horned rhinos and peregrine falcons.

For more information, contact African Lion Safari and Game Farm at 1386 Cooper Rd., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 519 623-2620 or 800 461-9453.