Perhaps the most famous and beloved Neopet in all of Neopia is the infamous Zafara. This creature was first introduced to the Neopet kingdom, Neopia, in May 2000. The original concept for this Neopet was actually created by a Neopet user who goes by the game name chanii1234. His design was submitted to the “Design a Pet” contest and ultimately won. When asked how he selected the creature’s name, he said that he had learned that one of the first giraffes a man had seen was called “Zarafa”, so he decided to call his creation a similar name, Zafara.
The Zafaras are one of the oldest pets that roam the land of Neopia and they undoubtedly played an important role in the way the Neopian nation was formed, as many of you know it today. Almost a year after its creation, the designers decided to completely redesign the character. This new design was released to the land of Neopia and fans of Neopet were able to see the new creature for the first time in early 2001.
Some important features of Zafara are easily noticed. They always have 3 spikes on the spine, never 4 or 5 or 2, always 3. If you think you have seen a Zafara with 4 spikes on the back, then you just met an imposter, my good friend. And chances are, if you saw a Zafara, they probably heard you long before you knew you were ever around one. They are famous for their great sense of hearing. Zafaras actually has the best hearing of any other pet in Neopia.
With only 2 fingers and a thumb on each hand, they are not known to be overly aggressive and violent. However, if you waste your time and tempt a Zafara, you must be forewarned. They have an extremely long tail that they will often use to whip opponents they face on the battlefield with a galactic gaze.
If you can find a Zafara to be your best friend, then you will be in Neopia. They are an extreme source of good luck, making everything work in your favor. So do yourself a favor and adopt Zafara as your next beloved Neopet.