Lake Tobias Wildlife Park has added its first giraffes.
The two new additions made their public debut at the park in Halifax last weekend. ABC27 got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the animals and their new home.
Spike is one-and-a-half years old and 11 feet tall. Bakari is the baby; he’s only 6 months old but already stands nine feet tall.
Their new exhibit at Lake Tobias has a barn with 20-foot ceilings, a play area, and a three-acre pasture.
“I get to know their personalities when no one else is here,” giraffe handler Sarah Oreskovich said. “They’re corky, funny and they’re very interesting animals that I didn’t know much about, but I’ve learned so much in the short time they’ve been here.”
Spike arrived at the park in August and Bakari arrived about a week ago.
Oreskovich says they eat a lot.
“Spike gets 32 cups of grain a day and flax seed at night and hay. The baby gets grass hay, 10 cups a day, and four bottles.”
“Right now, they’re just in the small area. You can see them from the safari tour, mainly,” Oreskovich said. “There is also a walking trail, you can see them from a distance. Eventually, they’ll go out to where we have a three-acre pasture. You’ll get to see them eating and just hanging out together.”
If you would like to see the giraffes, it’s $14 for admission to the park with the safari tour that takes you by the giraffe exhibit.
You can visit any weekend now through the end of October or on Columbus Day.