April gave birth come Tajiri — a masculine calf — in 2017. Her fifth calf, called Azizi, was born in March, and also he will be she last.(Image credit: animal Adventure Park)
April the giraffe rocketed come fame top top the web in 2017 with a live-streamed pregnancy and birth that captivated hundreds of millions of viewers. However the currently five-time mama is done having babies.

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On June 6, Jordan Patch, owner of animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, new York, announced on on facebook that April would be retiring from the park"s giraffe breeding program, and that she would start taking a regimen the contraceptives beginning June 7.

April yielded her most recent calf, a male called Azizi, on march 16, with an audience of more than 300,000 human being watching the event live on YouTube, park to represent told the connected Press. Previously, in 2017, April provided birth to one more male, named Tajiri. Now, at the age of 17, April will certainly live the end the remainder of she life at the park without further pregnancies, Patch claimed on Facebook.


"Being 17 year old, and having provided birth to five calves, April is a tires giraffe mother," Patch told Live science in an email. "April has actually surely done her component in propagation and also will stay a star that education and conservation initiatives."


April"s parenting calf Azizi is now virtually 3 months old; the is already standing an ext than 7 feet (2 meters) tall and also has began eating heavy foods, Patch claimed on Facebook. This week, the giraffe pair will certainly be moved from their existing enclosure in "Barn One" to the park"s 2nd giraffe barn, whereby they will certainly live through Tajiri, April"s larger calf.


Oliver, the masculine giraffe who fathered Tajiri and Azizi, will have actually a new companion in Barn One:a young female called Johari, spot said.

Birth regulate is commonly administered come wild pets in captivity through hormone additionally in their food or through slow-releasing hormone implants, despite apes might be given human birth manage pills, according to the American Association because that the advancement of Science.

A giraffe"saverage life expectations is about 20 come 25 year in captivity, yet despite April"s advanced age, she is quiet fertile. While menopause — a life stage in females when reproductive capability ceases — occurs naturally in some species, many female pets remain reproductively viable (though with reducing success) v old age and also until death.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Mindy Weisberger is a Live Science senior writer spanning a basic beat that has climate change, paleontology, weird pet behavior, and space. Mindy holds an M.F.A. In film from Columbia University; prior to Live scientific research she produced, wrote and directed media because that the American Museum that Natural background in new York City. Her videos about dinosaurs, astrophysics, biodiversity and evolution show up in museums and science centers worldwide, earning awards such as the CINE golden Eagle and the Communicator award of Excellence. Her writing has additionally appeared in clinical American, The Washington Post and How It functions Magazine.