Published on : Tuesday, June 27, 2017
At Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, April the giraffe gave birth to her son Tajiri who is also addressed Taj in short, two months after the internet sensation took place. The park and adjoining community have witnessed an increase of visitors with loads of media attention.
The park, situated less than 20 miles from Downtown Binghamton, started a livestream of April from February of this year. This started when park officials indicated that April was in labor and would give birth within a couple of days.
However, initial estimates on how far along she was were off, so Tajiri took a few more months before at last coming to the world on April 15. At that phase, the livestream attracted millions of viewers worldwide.
Jordan Patch, the owner of Animal Adventure Park, mentioned in an email that April’s fame has directed to a flood of visitors to the park this summer.
To quote Patch, ‘having been open just shy of one month, and not yet in peak season, we expect attendance numbers for the year to be between double and triple of years prior.’
He also explained that the large number of visitors has led to an augment in sales and bookings for local businesses in Harpursville, which is located within the town of Colesville.
Glenn Winsor, the town supervisor of Colesville, said that the growth of visitors at first created few dispute.
To quote Winsor, ‘we have certainly have had some growing pains being a small rural community. We have had some traffic issues to deal with and some parking issues to deal with. However, I think everything’s under control now.’