BING is not just a vacation; it’s a community to be explored. This is not just a destination; it’s an ongoing story you can be a part of. History often meets with more contemporary attractions in this unique community to create who we are today.
Watched by millions of viewers, the late April the Giraffe of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, quickly became a social media phenomenon. This overnight sensation and local celebrity put Greater Binghamton on the map in a major way. People came from all over the world to meet the area’s very own internet star and visit the world-famous giraffe and her baby calf, Tajiri.
Animal Adventure Park Founder Jordan Patch bought the 20-acre sloping stretch of land on the outer part of Broome County in 2013 and did not expect the park to take off the way it has. He knew that the addition of a giraffe would signify great success – and, boy, was he right!
After the live feed of Tajiri’s birth began in February, it became the second most-watched live-stream video in YouTube history with over 232 million views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch time.
April wasn’t the only famous resident of Animal Adventure Park, however. This unique destination is home to over 250 animals and 100 different species. The interactive and educational destination is designed to promote hands-on animal encounters that make it the ideal family-fun destination.
Where else can you hand feed hundreds of animals, kiss a giraffe, bottle feed baby camels or spot an emerging kangaroo or wallaby joey? Animal Adventure Park is just one wildlife destination in Greater Binghamton you won’t want to miss.
Binghamton is also home to the nation’s fifth-oldest zoo – the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park –which opened in 1875. The longstanding tradition of quality family time, along with a commitment to entertaining locals and prospective visitors alike, dates back more than 140 years and still thrives today.
We lost our beloved April on April 2, 2021. April lived to be 20 years old, far greater than the average lifespan of giraffe in the wild. April the Giraffe brought joy to millions who have watched her over the years, and she will be deeply missed.