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Pick up your Times Picayune Newspaper this morning or follow the link and view the new 2012 Grand Jeep Cherokee SRT8 photographed at Global Wildlife Center!

Baby Nilgai born at Global Wildlife Center!

Nilgai's are native to the Indian and Tibetan Region. Our baby was born at Global Wildlife Center on August 11, 2011. Gestation is around 8 months with a single young weighing approximately 33 lbs at birth. Our baby weighed around 20 lbs at birth. Both male and females are born in a light reddish brown color, but males will begin to turn a bluish gray around 2-3 years of age with horns developing during that time. Nilgai's are the largest antelope found in India, and are considered sacred to Hindus because of their likeness to cattle.   

Come visit our New Baby Nilgai at Global Wildlife Center and give us your baby name suggestions!


Photo taken by Megan Ryburn.

It's a Boy! The Long Awaited New Baby Giraffe born at Global Wildlife Center!

Global Wildlife Center is proud to announce the arrival of a New Baby Reticulated Giraffe. Mother Sandee who is almost six years old and Father John are proud parents of their new baby boy!

Typically, baby Giraffes are born after a 15 month gestation period, and are around six feet tall and weigh up to 150 lbs at birth. The Mother Giraffe gives birth standing up and the baby calf falls approximately six feet to the ground when it's born.

Born on July 31, 2011 around 10:15 a.m., the new baby is among the largest Giraffes born here at the Center. He stands a little over six feet and weighs around 175 lbs. After 3 hours of exhausting labor Sandee leaned down and kissed her baby boy for the first time.

We are proud to report that the new Baby Giraffe is extremely curious and is getting to know his surroundings by exploring the Wildlife Preserve with his family. He has been spotted chasing around Grant Zebra's and other animals on the 900 acre Wildlife Preserve that he now calls home.

Sandee and her new baby have also made their way to the Safari Wagon Tours delighting the visitor's of Global Wildlife Center to get a first look at the newest member of the Global Wildlife Family!

Rheas Birds nest hatched at Global Wildlife Center!

This is the third nest that has hatched at Global Wildlife Center this year! Rheas are from South America and are the 4th largest bird in the world. Incubation lasts 52 days. Male Rheas can have up to six mates, all of which will lay eggs in a single nest, leaving him to incubate eggs and rear the young.

First Baby Kudu born at Global Wildlife Center!

Saturday evening on July 9, 2011 our first baby Kudu was born at Global Wildlife Center!

The African Kudu are from the Eastern and Southern Regions of Africa. The Kudus are among the largest of antelopes and they are considered to be the most handsome!

Female Kudu and their young travel in small bands; males are solitary and join the band only during the mating season. The Kudu gestation period is around 8 months after which the female Kudu will normally give birth to just one baby.

Book Your Event at Global Wildlife Center!

Looking the perfect party venue for a Wedding, Company Picnic, or a Special Event? Global Wildlife Center is an out-of-the-ordinary locale that everyone will surely enjoy. All company picnics and special event packages include either a Safari Wagon Tour or Private Pinz Tours and plenty feed for all our wild and exotic animals. An event at Global Wildlife Center offers pavilion, tree houses, and picnic area rentals where you can enjoy a nice relaxing experience.  Go home knowing of 35 species and more than 4,000 exotic and endangered new animal friends! For different packages or more information please contact:
Megan Ryburn or Nancy Ruiz
Event Coordinators
(985) 796-3585 Ext. 13

Global Wildlife Celebrates our 20th Anniversary!

Twenty years ago their was a vision to ensure the conservation of some of our Earth's most precious resources by introducing them face-to-face to people. That idea was the genesis of Global Wildlife Center.

Over the past two decades, over a million of adults and children have marveled at the feel of a giraffe's neck, the length and breadth of a cow's tongue, and the antics of a baby antelope. A second generation of Global Wildlife visitors are discovering the joy of interacting one-on-one with animals in their natural environment. Moms and Dads who visited as children and lauged as they battled a cup-stealing Cape Eland are coming back to do th same with their kids.

A heart-felt thanks goes out to everyone who's supported our efforts to "Celebrate Conservation at Work." Because of you, Global Wildlife has grown, the animals have flourished and many have come to realize that all living things truly depend on each other.

Come roam with us and help us Celebrate 20 Years of "Conservation at Work!"

NEW African Sulcata Tortoises Joined The Global Wildlife Family

In May of 2011, 4 African Sulcata Tortoises were donated to the Center by Dr. Landry and Dr. Schultis.  African Sulcata Tortoises are native to the semi-arid Sahel region in Africa.  Sulcatas are the third largest species of tortoises in the world.  Sulcata tortoises also grow very quickly, they can easily reach 18" in shell length and up to 70-100 pounds in weight! 

Two New Baby Giraffes at Global Wildlife!

[flickr]set:72157625045515033[/flickr]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.

Global Wildlife Center and Skippy on Animal Planet

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: