If you were anywhere near the Internet or a television set in the months of February, March, and April, you probably heard about April the giraffe. April is a 15-year-old Reticulated giraffe who lives in Harpursville, New York at the Animal Adventure Park. An interactive, hands-on petting zoo that focuses heavily on conservation and education, the park is owned by Jordan Patch. April shot to stardom after Patch installed a webcam in the zoo’s giraffe barn. After setting up the live stream, the rest, as they say, is history. April became a household name along with the Animal Adventure Park and owner Jordan Patch. The draw was April’s impending pregnancy and the upcoming live streaming birth Patch promised viewers. He delivered, well, April did the delivery, but Patch held true to his word and live streamed the birth of April’s calf Tajiri. It wasn’t just the live cam, however, that made April the giraffe a star, it was Jordan Patch’s on-screen personality that helped.
Not everyone can set up a live cam and become an Internet star, and truthfully, April didn’t do much to draw as much attention as she did. April is a beautiful giraffe, but she walked around her stall for hours on end. Yes, people came to recognize her antics and love for carrots. They knew that Oliver (her five-year-old mate) was the feisty one and that April was unusually friendly for being a giraffe and extremely docile for being pregnant. But it was when Jordan Patch would appear in interviews, such as on Good Morning America or the Today show, that people got a look at the man behind the giraffe cam and his charisma was undeniable. Jordan Patch proved that he has what it takes to be in front of the camera as well as being the man behind the giraffe cam.
Reality shows are a dime a dozen and many fail to succeed. Others succeed for the wrong reasons and the truth is that not all reality stars are actually liked by the public. There’s a new form of celebrity that’s equivalent to a car wreck on the side of the road. You might slow down and watch the catastrophe, but you certainly don’t want to be the person in the wreck. Patch wasn’t a wreck. He was calm, cool, and collected on camera, but more than that, he was funny, energetic, educational, and entertaining. In fact, his love for animals and his excitement were similar to what viewers saw with Steve Irwin aka “The Crocodile Hunter.”
If you aren’t familiar with Jordan Patch’s on-screen personality, then check out this video clip from when April went into labor and Patch gave the alert via Facebook live.
Here is an interview Patch did with Good Morning America.
And here is an interview with Patch and Good Morning America after Tajiri was born. If you notice, Patch never loses his on-screen coolness and is a perfect natural on camera.
There are more than 200 animals living at the Animal Adventure Park and Jordan Patch shows the same excitement when talking about other animals as he does when speaking about April, Oliver, and Tajiri. It’s likely that Patch could turn any cam from the park into a viral sensation and when he speaks about different animals, the public’s response is always great.
Every Tuesday and Thursday Jordan Patch introduces the public to other animals in the park and you can easily get the sense you’re watching a foreshadowing of a television series. His delivery is on par with Jack Hanna and it’s no surprise he managed to attract over a million followers on Facebook. Here are some videos of Jordan Patch from his Tuesday and Thursday educational animal specials Animal Adventures with Jordan. Do you think that could be the name of an upcoming TV show? Check out the videos below.
Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch has proved himself to be knowledgeable, entertaining, and above all likable. He has changed the narrative and the conversation regarding giraffes in the wild and one can only imagine he would do the same for other animal species. You may watch videos featuring Jordan Patch and April the giraffe below.
What do you think? Would you watch a TV show starring Jordan Patch?
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