Posted: Friday, May 25, 2018 – 2:04 PM
It seems as if we grew up with giraffes. From their appearances on baby utensils, clothes and stuffed toys most of us were surrounded by giraffes … both real and plush. Who would think that these graceful animals could ever become extinct?
But according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature–the people who keep track of these things–the world’s tallest mammal is vulnerable for extinction. Giraffe populations have declined up to 40 percent during the past 30 years. There are fewer than 98,000 giraffes in the wild. Native to southern and eastern Africa, major threats to giraffe population on a habitat are caused by fragmentation, civil unrest and an analogical changes.
A local organization heading the plight against the extinction of wild animals is The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (TLD) in Palm Desert where it pursues its mission of “desert conservation through preservation.”
TLD has just announced its special admission times for the 2018 summer season. From June 1 to Sept. 30, TLD will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Special summer memberships will also be available.
Summer hours and membership offer an opportunity to take advantage of the extra hour in the early morning when wildlife is most active. Before the heat of the day, many animals can be seen stretching, eating and playing in the cooler morning temperatures.
When you visit TLD, be sure to visit the zoo’s herd of giraffes and the two relatively newborn kids who were last season’s major attraction.
The TLD is a family-friendly place dedicated to desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. More information is available at 760-346-5694.