Humphrey, a Masai giraffe calf that was born in June, debuted on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna on July 29th, 2021 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park at the Walt Disney World Resort. I look forward to seeing him soon! Read more below.
Humphrey weighed 183 pounds at birth and stood 6 feet tall at that time. Disney said about his appearance, ” Distinct markings reveal a butterfly on his right shoulder, heart-shaped spots on his coat and a white-tipped speckled mane.”
Humphrey has been backstage bonding with his mom Lily since his birth.
(David Roark, photographer)
From the original press release:
The pitter patter of little hooves is quite familiar to the Disney animal care team. This new arrival is the third giraffe born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the past year, marking another success for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan Program. These plans ensure responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species. Giraffes are a vulnerable species facing a silent extinction in the wild, with a population decline of 40 percent over the past 30 years.
Walt Disney World Resort is a proud home to two subspecies of giraffes. Masai giraffe live on the park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna, while Reticulated giraffe, Hybrid giraffe and Masai giraffe roam the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.