April and her suitor, Oliver, captured the hearts, imaginations and attention of the world. Millions (myself included) spent hours (make that weeks) captivated by the final days of her 15-month pregnancy via the Animal Adventure Park's live Giraffe Cam. This is April's 4th offspring and Animal Adventure’s first giraffe calf.
I became curious about where April and Oliver live and started a little online research about the Animal Adventure Park in central New York State. This growing, interactive family-friendly facility is presently home to more than 200 animals representing 70 different species.
|Some of Animal Adventure Park's residents, activities. (Click on photos to enlarge)|
Next on the planning boards is the new "Wilds of Asia and African Conservation Outpost" that will become home to "some highly anticipated and endangered species; with all new approaches to our hands-on and interactive educational experience, geared toward the conservation of our new arrivals," say park officials.
This would be a perfect family RV Short Stop after the park opens for the season on May 13. In addition to seeing April's calf, daily activities include hands-on activities for kids of all ages and "Keeper Talks" beginning at 11 a.m. and every 60 – 90 minutes until 3 p.m.
Animal Adventure Park
85 Martin Hill Road
Harpursville, NY 13787
(607) 760-4429 (during season)
Opening day for season: May 13
Daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Last Admission: 4 pm
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Cash only (ATM on site)
2 yrs and under: Free
Children 3-11: $9.99
General 12+: $11.99
Seniors 65+: $10.99
- Julianne G. Crane
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Photos Source: Animal Adventure Park Click on images to enlarge.