Welcome to the Safari family, Jagur!
African Lion Safari is pleased to announce the birth of “Jagur”, only the second giraffe calf in the world to be conceived by artificial insemination (A.I.) using frozen semen. The first A.I. giraffe by frozen semen in the world, “Jenga”, was also born at African Lion Safari in 2017. “These births are an incredible accomplishment for our dedicated team, who have put tremendous effort towards establishing a program to conserve the valuable genetics of our giraffe population” states Jason Pootoolal, Head Game Warden at African Lion Safari.
“Using artificial reproductive techniques, specifically with frozen semen, shifts conservation efforts of endangered species from a local initiative to a global one, ultimately, advancing the exchange of genetics between species in captivity and the wild for generations to come.”
“Jagur” the healthy male calf, weighing 63.6kg and 160cm tall, was born to father “Jimmy” and mother “Kibale” on Thursday, May 24th, 2018. “Jagur” is out playing alongside his mother in the reserves, and is exploring his new surroundings among many other species including rhino, zebra and eland.
African Lion Safari plays a very active role in the conservation of several endangered species and is recognized worldwide as a leader in the field of captive reproduction. African Lion Safari’s efforts for conservation of the Rothschild giraffe was recognized by Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums in 2007 when the park received the Outstanding Achievement Award for giraffe management and reproductive research, and again in 2014 when the park was honoured with the Thomas R. Baines Award for developing assisted reproductive techniques in giraffe.
Visitors will be able to see baby “Jagur” in the drive through Game Reserves every day, naptime and weather permitting.
African Lion Safari is open daily through to September 30, 2018.
Click HERE to learn more about African Lion Safari’s Rothschild Giraffe conservation programme!