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Animal Adventure Park Opens for 2018 Season - New Lion Exhibit, Discovery Station and More

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HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. -

Animal Adventure Park opened for its 6th season Wednesday with a number of new additions, including a lion exhibit and the Discovery Station.

Since gaining worldwide attention from April The Giraffe’s live-streamed pregnancy in 2017, the park has been able to grow its staff and add a number of new exhibits, including the critically endangered Bongo antelopes, toucans, the Discovery Station, and an African lion exhibit.

“Now our African lion exhibit is that much more special because it’s not just your regular African lions. We have a very special named Solomon who is a Timbavati white lion. This type of lion is only found in the southern region of the Kruger National Park in Timbavati. There are only 300 in existence and only about 20 in the wild,” said Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park. 

The African lion exhibit has two cubs, four-month-old male white lion Solomon and ten-month-old female Bisa. The two cubs have been paired for breeding. The park hopes to bring in a third lioness, which will be another Timbavati white lion, and work towards propagating the species in a captive management program. 

The park’s new Discovery Station includes two attractions - the Animal Adventure Gem Mining Sluice and the Safari Express Train.

With the Gem Mining Sluice, visitors can acquire a bag of dirt and sift through it to find take-home gems, polished stone, arrowheads, shark teeth, and more.

During a press conference at the park Thursday, Patch gave an update on what is to happen to April The Giraffe’s son, Tajiri, who turned one-year-old in April. 

 “The reality of it is is that we are not going to be able to construct an additional giraffe barn between now and October,” said Patch. “We’re looking into a number of different facilities and working with the Giraffes Species Survival Program to perhaps place Tajiri somewhere in what would be a loan. That loan would allow us to bring Tajiri back in the future.”

As for April The Giraffe and her mating partner Oliver, Patch said the pair was coupled back in October 2017, so there is a possibility that April could once again be pregnant. However, the park can’t confirm a pregnancy until testing has been done. 

“That is why our team, our zoologists are collecting stool samples and so forth to send those out to Saint Louis Zoo, get some testing done, and give us a definitive answer before we create giraffe hysteria,” said Patch. 

Patch said the sampling collection period takes about 30 days. 

Animal Adventure Park is located in Harpursville in Broome County. The park is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
For more information, visit https://theanimaladventurepark.com.