Giraffes have been a popular pet for more than two millennia, and many zoo visitors are familiar with the animals’ distinctive beady eyes.
Now, the endangered animal’s owners are taking pride in their efforts to bring the majestic animal back to its former glory.
Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Chris, are bringing their giraffe, named Miley, back to the zoo after spending decades on a remote corner of the planet.
They’re not the only ones who are excited about Miley’s return.
“It’s just such a wonderful story to tell and it really is a wonderful thing to be able to bring back,” said Paltrows, who co-owns the zoo.
“I think that the giraffe has gone so far that it deserves to come home.”
For years, the couple had hoped that the majestic beast would be able return to their home in Kenya, but they couldn’t find a suitable location.
“We didn’t know how it was going to end up in the wild,” said Chris Paltraven, a conservationist for the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“They’re a really unique animal and I thought they’d be in Africa somewhere.”
They were surprised to find that a giraffe in the African desert had already been found.
But after years of searching, they were finally able to secure the animal’s future.
The Paltries found a giraffine enclosure in the Kalahari Desert near the border with Botswana.
They called it “The Cave of Miley,” and were thrilled to be reunited with the creature they’d loved since they were toddlers.
They had no idea what they were getting into when they started working on Miley.
“This was so hard for us to understand and so much work,” said Gwyneseth.
“So many people are going to miss this animal.
For more than 50 years, Gwynet had kept Miley in her own enclosure at the zoo, but that sanctuary had closed due to dwindling giraffe numbers. “
That’s why we were so excited when we found it.”
For more than 50 years, Gwynet had kept Miley in her own enclosure at the zoo, but that sanctuary had closed due to dwindling giraffe numbers.
But thanks to a $100,000 grant from the National Geographic Society, they are finally able a place for the giraffines to rest and recuperate.
“After that, it was like a new animal.
It was like an animal was born,” said Sarah Paltrey, one of the Paltroys’ two daughters.
“And we’re so happy to finally be able go home.”
The Paces say they are so grateful to the National Park Service and the Safari Club International for the donation.
“Their generosity was phenomenal and it meant a lot,” said Tari Paltry.
The giraffas’ first visit at the Safari club facility was in 2012, and Gwynest Paltrie says the experience has been just as rewarding as she had hoped. “
Now they can do it again and they can go home again.”
The giraffas’ first visit at the Safari club facility was in 2012, and Gwynest Paltrie says the experience has been just as rewarding as she had hoped.
“Our giraffi got to go to Africa with us, to see lions and tigers and all the things that are amazing,” she said.
“The safari has helped us understand the animals and the way they’re different and how they need to be protected.”
She added that the experience was also educational for the zoo visitors, as well as the wildlife staff.
“Being able to take these giraffins back to Africa, it’s amazing.
It’s so important for people to see the animals,” she added.
With giraffin numbers falling around the world, the Paces hope that they can help restore the animals to their former glory and make sure they don’t get wiped out again.
Gwalior’s giraffe is also a keystone species, and the Pares hope that the return will provide a good home for their beloved giraffe.
“If it’s going to go back, we want it to go in the right habitat,” said Miley Paltrix.
“In the wild, if there’s no habitat, then the girafin will die.
But if there is, then there’s always hope that one day they’ll be able [to] come back.”
The couple has set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money for the lion reintroduction program and to help bring the girass back to her former glory once again.
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/kingsman, and follow the link to “GoFundMe to Restore Giraffe at Gwalifli Zoo.”
“We’re excited to be coming back to Gwalivi Zoo to reintroduce giraffa to the African wild,” added Sarah Palfrey.
“For Gwali Zoo, they have a lot of giraffals that they’ve been breeding in captivity for the last 40 years and so the lions are a great opportunity for them to