There were many animals born at The Catskill Game farm over the 73 years they were open. April is one of them, bottle raised by staff she grew up at The Catskill Game Farm and stayed there until it closed in 2006. She has spent the majority of her time since at another park in New York but in September of 2015 she was relocated to Animal Adventure, which opened in 2013, located in Harpursville, Ny with approximately 65 species of animals, focused on one-on-one experiences.
Jordan Patch, the owner of the park, attended the auction when the Catskill Game Farm closed and informed us that no giraffes were sold at the public auction. Instead they were sold off to interested parks and zoos after the auction was over.
Although we know April was born in 2002, we do not have her actual birth date.
Jordan described to us her exceptional demeanor. She welcomes treats from eager fans, and even allows her keepers to walk right up and pet her legs and body. It is not the usual with giraffes to have such a soft approach to other creatures.
He was also very excited to let us know that the picture below is in fact of April at the Catskill Game Farm when it was open.
According to Patch April and Ollie (the parks first Giraffe) are getting along very nicely.
"At this point in time, we do believe April to be pregnant. We will soon begin collecting samples, which will be sent to the St Louis Zoo for testing, to confirm pregnancy." -Owner Jordan Patch
For more information about April and her new home please visit: http://theanimaladventurepark.com/
We have also been updated that some of the other giraffes from The Catskill Game Farm are currently living in Texas.