About the Zoo's Giraffes
Born on June 3, 2021, the giraffe calf has fully integrated into the Zoo’s giraffe tower. The current herd includes mother Ellie, 20, Julu, 6, who is pregnant and due to give birth soon, father Demetri, 4, and Mashamba, 2. The Zoo’s hoofstock care team compiled name options for the little one that are representative of their connection to the calf.
Native to East and South Africa, giraffes are the tallest land animals with a height at birth of around six-feet and growing up to 14 feet for females and up to 18 feet for males. The gestation period for giraffes is approximately 15 months. Newborns can stand within an hour of birth at an average weight of about 150 pounds. The International Union for Conservation Nature list giraffe as vulnerable to critically endangered. Over the past 30 years, wild giraffe populations have declined over 40 percent since the 1980s due to habitat destruction and illegal poaching. The Zoo is proud to be an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Giraffe Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) partner organization member, a program created by AZA in 2017. The Zoo also contributes to giraffe conservation by supporting the Northern Rangelands Trust and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation Fund.
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