April the Giraffe’s popular live stream will be returning after briefly going dark Friday, April 21. An update posted to Animal Adventure Park’s Facebook page Sunday morning revealed a permanent yard cam will be installed sometime in spring. Viewing days and times will also be announced in the coming days, reported the park. Perhaps most intriguing to fans of the stream, the Harpursville, New York zoo also announced that the name of April’s calf would tentatively be revealed May 1.
"Good Morning from the Giraffe Barn!" said the statement. "All is well and baby continues to grow, he is now looking us in the eyes! … The Giraffe Cam is not gone forever!"
A mere five hours after Sunday's announcement of the forthcoming permanent giraffe cam, the post had already garnered nearly 150,000 reactions from its 1.6 million followers.
April gave birth to her fourth calf on the zoo’s live stream during the early hours of April 15. The calf was born weighing 129 pounds and stood at 5-feet-9. More than 80,000 people tuned in to watch the live birth. Following a wildly successful run, the zoo’s live stream finally went dark Friday around 4:30 p.m. EDT. As many as 60,000 viewers tuned in to bid April and her calf farewell.
Fans had the opportunity to name April’s calf by way of an official donation page established by Animal Adventure Park. Visitors to the site were prompted to pay $1 per person with the caveat that each individual must vote at least 5 times, essentially meaning each person donated a minimum of $5.
According to the site, profits from the campaign will be split and donated to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, animal and guest experiences at the park, and Ava's Little Heroes, which supports "local families and their children experiencing unexpected medical journeys and expenses."