There’s a new edition out in the Kilimanjaro Safari savanna in the Animal Kingdom. Jabari, the 2-month old Masai Giraffe calf is making his debut in the savannah after his birth on January 14th. “Jabari” in Swahili means “brave one” – and Jabari is being bold and courageous as he explores his new space, with mom Mara nearby.
The animal care team typically gives new babies their names. This time around, the honor went to the safari drivers. This is because Jabari was born on the savannah during the safari’s opening hours – right in front of drivers and guests! Mom and baby were then moved to a backstage area where they could be monitored and bond together.
Proud parents, Mara and George, were paired via the Species Survival Plan (SSP) which is a breeding program established by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. It’s an integral part of maintaining populations of endangered and threatened species. Because of the program, Jabari also has two sisters, Amira and Aella. Check out Jabari’s first romp in the savannah:
Masai giraffe are found mainly in Kenya and Tanzania and are just one of the nine types of giraffe on the planet, and are considered a vulnerable species. There are just 32,000 Masai left in the wild and their population is declining due to poaching and habitat loss.
Next time you’re on Kilimanjaro Safari in the Animal Kingdom, keep an eye out for Jabari!
Source: Disney Parks Blog
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