If you’ve been to Tanganyika, you know how much we love & adore our long-necked gentle giants. In fact, we have one of the largest collections of giraffes in the country which stems from our highly-successful reticulated giraffe breeding program that was developed to preserve the species.
In honor of World Giraffe Day 2019, we wanted to better-inform people about these fascinating animals by sharing some interesting facts about their current population/status and conservation approaches.
Also worth noting, our Park Director, Jim Fouts's birthday is today! How fitting that these two big events fall on the same day. Jim’s never-ending dedication and passion for these animals has led Tanganyika developing one of the largest Reticulated Giraffe herds in the country. The Reticulated Giraffe population has decreased by nearly 80% and they are now and endangered species. Our breeding program, created and developed by Jim, continues to contribute to the preservation of the species.
Jim is not a fan of photos. So, when we asked him to take a photo with the giraffes for our daily social media post, he jokingly responded "Photoshop it" — so that's exactly what we did. Enjoy!
Please join us in wishing a happy birthday to Jim as well as a happy world giraffe day to all our gentle giant friends!