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We are excited to announce the GLOBAL WILDLIFE PHOTO CONTEST of 2013. The contest will begin on Friday, March 1st. All photos must be submitted before midnight on Sunday, March 31st.
Here's how to participate:
- Upload your photo and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Enter "Photo Contest" in the subject field.
- Include a brief caption of the photo, contact name, and phone number in the email message field.
- Then hit send message.
It's that easy!!
Now there are a few rules we must include but are not limited to:
- Only one photo per person can be submitted.
- All photos must be submitted via the email above. Any photo submitted via our Facebook wall will not be considered for eligibility.
- Photos must be viewer friendly. Remember a photo can silently speak a thousand words, so choose a picture that best represents your Global Wildlife trip.
- Photo must be taken here at the center. They can include you and/or your family, staff members of the center and of course our wonderful animals.
- Photos are to be submitted no earlier than Friday, March 1st and no later than Sunday, March 31st.
The winner of the photo contest will be determined by two ways:
- The number of “LIKES” received of their Facebook photo.
- The Global Wildlife Staff’s favorite.
Voting will conclude on Friday, April 5th and winners will be chosen by Friday, April 12th.
All photos will be uploaded to our 'Photo Contest' Album on our Facebook page within 24-48 hours of submission. Once your photo is posted in our Photo Contest Album, you can share it on your Facebook wall and encourage all of your friends and family to "LIKE" your photo! Recruit all of your clicking finger friends to put your photo in the top spot. Remember every "LIKE" counts!
All prizes are to be determined. So be sure to keep checking back with us to see if prizes have been posted.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!!!
Soon after, the Global Wildlife Board of Directors began a contest for our visitors and the Global Wildlife Members to enter a name for the baby giraffes. The names were chosen on December 15, 2012. Hundreds of names were submitted from our visitors.
Join us on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10-12:30 for Reindeer Games! Free craft & activites for the children to enjoy while mom & dad shop for Christmas gifts at our safari gift shop. Then visit Santa's "reindeer" out on safari! Don't forget to bring your camera to snap a free photo with Santa as he makes his visit.
October 7, 2010 It’s been an exciting week for staff and visitors alike at Global Wildlife Center. Saturday, October 2, Kameel, the first giraffe born at Global Wildlife Center, gave birth to a healthy female calf, “Maci.” Just 4 days later, Zira, also one of Kameel’s offspring, gave birth to another female calf, making “Maggie” a third generation giraffe born at the Center.
Staff members have been anxiously awaiting the baby giraffes for months. The birth of a female gives extra cause for celebration, because female giraffes can live their entire lives at Global Wildlife Center. Male calves must be moved to another facility before breeding age.
These calves are the first offspring from John, a male giraffe that replaced the patriarch of the reticulated giraffe family, Slim, upon his death in 2009. There was some question in the beginning as to whether the babies were fathered by Slim or John. Now, staffers are sure John is the father, and according to Wes Thompson, Operations Manager, “John must have some great genes!”
Both Maci and Maggie were standing within 30 minutes, less than half the time it has taken previous baby giraffes at the Center to find their feet. They are extremely active and curious for their young age. Normally baby giraffes go through a “lying out” period, during which they spend the first two weeks of their life resting, so that all of their energy is channeled toward growth.
Both baby giraffes have been spending an unusual amount of time up and walking about, exploring their new surroundings at Global Wildlife Center. Both babies’ first days were action packed - Maci had a great time chasing an eland around a tree, and Maggie ran right up to several tours. The babies have met once, and stayed together about an hour, smelling and licking each other. Afterward, they moved back toward their mothers and their respective resting places.
Many visitors to Global Wildlife Center this past week have been lucky enough to see the babies, who are both free-roaming the wildlife preserve with their reticulated giraffe family. Staff members expect the two babies to become fast friends as they get older. In the wild, baby giraffes will stay close to their mothers for the first few weeks, then join a crèche, or a group of young giraffes.
Baby giraffes are born after a 15 month gestation period, and are around six feet tall and 150 lbs. at birth. The mother giraffe gives birth standing up, and the baby falls approximately six feet to the ground when it’s born.
Visitors to Global Wildlife Center have been telling us for years that we should be on animal planet, and now that dream is a reality! Check out Wendee Holtcamp's Animal Planet blog: http://blogs.discovery.com/animal_news/2009/12/tiny-kangaroo-joey-adopted-by-human-mom.html
Skippy the red kangaroo has captured our hearts and we've compiled a slideshow of memorable moments of his growth and fun kangaroo facts. His growth so far has been full of lots of trials and tribulations but also lots of triumph! Keep Skippy in your thoughts and prayers and come out to see him today!
Click here for the slideshow!
Special photo credits for the slideshow include #1. Cindy Bonish Everymilesamemory.com; #6,#7,#8,#21 Maci Matherne; #18,#24,#25,#27 Cheryl Schneider. Thanks for snapping such great shots of our little man!