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]
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