Only two months after the Internet sensation which proved to be April the giraffe giving birth to Tajiri (or Taj, as people call him for short), both the park where this happened (the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY) and in the surrounding area have witnessed a dramatic increase in what concerns media attention and visitors.
The park is found 20 miles away from Downtown Binghamton and in February, they set up a livestream of April the giraffe. The park officials have shown at the time that the giraffe was in labor and the birth would take place in a couple of days. However, their estimation proved to be wrong, since it took a couple more months until Tajiri finally opened his eyes to the world. During all the time, the livestream gathered millions of viewers from all over the country.
A Beloved Giraffe
According to Jordan Patch, who is the owner of Animal Adventure Park, April’s popularity has brought in a true flux of visitors to the park for this summer. In an email, he wrote that they have just opened the park for one month and they are already expecting attendance numbers twice or thrice bigger than the ones they had in the previous years. Moreover, it’s not even peak season yet!
But everything is for the best, since the great influx of tourists brings an increase in sales and bookings, thus boosting the local businesses found in Harpursville, which is in the town of Colesville. However, things are not that easy to manage. Glenn Winsor, who is Colesville’s supervisor, confessed that they had some trouble initially with the huge number of tourists and they had to solve some traffic issues. Even so, this is still a good start for the community and for their tourism.