Tajiri the giraffe leaving Animal Adventure Park

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The world’s most famous giraffe calf is packing his bags and getting ready to leave the nest.

Tajiri, whose live-streamed birth back in April 2017 became an international sensation, will be moving to a brand new facility, the Carolina Wildlife Conservation Park being constructed outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.

There, he will help to start a new captive breeding program with a yet to be determined female mate.

Animal Adventure Park Owner Jordan Patch says Tajiri has grown considerably from 5 feet 9 inches and 130 pounds at birth to 11 feet tall and weighing a 1,000 pounds now.

Patch says that makes him appear to be a rival to his father Oliver, so Tajiri must leave for his own safety.

Plus, Patch says mother April needs to focus more on her current pregnancy.

Patch says that while Tajiri will be missed, he will be serving a greater purpose by supporting conservation.

“In a perfect case scenario, Tajiri would never come back to Animal Adventure.  He’s moving to a brand new park, with his own family, and that’s what’s best for him.  It’s like sending your kids off to college, you want them to go to college, you want them to get a career, want them to start their own family, you don’t want them returning to your basement,” said Patch.

Before Tajiri leaves sometime next month, you can stop by Animal Adventure to wish him well.

The park’s Fall schedule is Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Plus, Patch says some sort of send-off party will be held.

Meanwhile, Patch says April’s current pregnancy is progressing well with an estimated due date of sometime next March.

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