Giraffe born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Giraffe calf
Mother Tulli and father Unami welcomed their new calf on Wednesday, June 19. The yet-to-be named calf is the seventh baby his mother has given birth to.

After only one hour the calf was on his feet and feeding. In one day he was on exhibit with the other giraffes. Talk about a fast grower!

For more, visit Taronga Zoo.
To learn more about giraffes, visit our Giraffe Fact page.

Two Baby Giraffes Join Tampa Bay Herd

Two male baby giraffes, born April 8 and April 24, were introduced to the rest of the giraffe herd in the Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain habitat. The Serengeti Plain is a 65-acre, naturalistic habitat featuring a diverse population of free-roaming African animals including giraffe, zebra, white rhinoceros, eland antelope and several other species of hoof stock and birds.

Visitors can view the new additions from the Serengeti Express or on a Serengeti Safari, an open-truck tour of the plain.

To learn more, visit the Busch Gardens website.

Baby giraffes at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Baby giraffes at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Baby Giraffe at the Memphis Zoo

Baby Akili was born at the Memphis Zoo on Thursday, expanding the zoo’s giraffe family to seven. Although born outside in public view, Akili will be kept inside until the weather warms. She was 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 125 lbs at birth.

Her name is Swahili for intelligent.

Read more about baby Akili at The Commercial Appeal.

Read more about giraffes at Animal Fact Guide.

Study Reveals How Giraffes Maintain Long Necks

Scientists have already concluded why the long neck of the giraffe is advantageous: it gives giraffes a higher vantage point to watch out for danger and to reach vegetation.  It also provides a large surface area to regulate body temperature.

But the question of how the giraffe’s physiology allows for such a large distance from its heart to its head has been the focus of a new study. For many years, scientists assumed that giraffes’ long necks were made possible by an abnormally large heart that could pump blood two meters up their necks into their heads.

The recent study by Professor Graham Mitchell from the Centre of Wildlife Studies in Onderstepoort, South Africa proves otherwise. His team has found that the giraffe’s heart is actually smaller than the hearts found in similar-sized animals.  However, the walls of the heart are much thicker, which makes for a more powerful pump.  In this way, a giraffe’s blood pressure is quite high, but it is physically adapted to handle this heightened state.

For more information about the study, see BBC Earth News.

To learn more about giraffes, read Animal Fact Guide’s article: Giraffe.

San Francisco Zoo Welcomes Another Giraffe Calf

Yesterday, a baby giraffe was born at the San Francisco Zoo. The calf, sex to be determined, is walking on all fours and following mother Kristin.  This is the second baby giraffe born this year at the zoo.

For more information, visit www.sfzoo.org.

To learn more about giraffes in the wild, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Giraffe.

Newborn Giraffe at Providence Zoo

Newborn giraffe at Providence zooProvidence’s Roger Williams Park Zoo welcomed a baby giraffe on December 22nd.  Weighing in at around 90-95 pounds and measuring 5’6, the young giraffe will stay with parents Sukari and Griffin for one year before transferring to a different zoo.

For more information, see Providence Journal’s “Another giraffe is born at Roger Williams Park Zoo.”

To learn more about giraffes in the wild, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Giraffe.