Baby Giraffe Born at #Disney’s Animal Kingdom Reintroduced to Park’s Savanna

On Jan. 14, a baby Masai giraffe was born on the savanna at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and on March 12, it was reintroduced to the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna.

On Jan. 14, a baby Masai giraffe was born on the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and on March 12, it was reintroduced to the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna.

The calf’s name is Jabari, which means “brave one” in Swahili, and he is described as a bold, curious and courageous calf.

Jabari’s parents, Mara and George, were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This program ensures the responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species, thereby guaranteeing healthy future generations.

Standing seven feet tall, Jabari has spent the past two months bonding with his mom, Mara, in a backstage habitat.

True to his name, Jabari has quickly reached all his key developmental milestones, so on March 12, 2019, he was reintroduced to the savanna at the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction.

Have you spotted him yet? We’re told he has a special heart-shaped spot on his neck.

[photo courtesy Walt Disney World/David Roark, photographer]

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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