It’s another boy! Our group of giraffe grew by four hooves this past Sunday when 20-year-old Johari gave birth to her ninth calf.
The newborn, who came into the world at 12:40 p.m., stood six feet tall and weighed 125 pounds at the time of birth. The calf’s father, 21-year-old Rafiki, has sired all 14 giraffe born at the Zoo.
Our veterinary staff completed a neonatal exam on the baby, where he was confirmed to be our sixth consecutive male calf! According to animal and veterinary staff, the youngster was found to be in good health and nursing well.
Masai giraffe are endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.
This is a challenging time for our Zoo. As a not-for-profit organization that receives no recurring government funds, we rely on earned income from admissions and memberships—and we stand to lose one third of our annual income while we are temporarily closed. That’s why now, more than ever, your support is critical. You can help make an impact by purchasing or renewing a membership, donating to our fund, creating a Facebook fundraiser for the Zoo or simply spreading the word.