FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo announced the birth of a baby giraffe calf.
The girl weighed in at 134 pounds and stood about 6 feet tall at birth.
The calf was born last Friday.
“Keepers first noticed signs of labor with mom Faye around lunch time on Friday. Animal care and veterinarian staff monitored labor progression carefully, and at 2:03 p.m. the calf was born. The calf stood for the first time within 30 minutes and was successfully nursing within the hour," Area Curator for the African Journey and Indonesian Rain Forest Amber Eagleson said.
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is now home to a herd of seven reticulated giraffe: five females and two males.
This is mom Faye’s second calf. Her first calf, Thabisa was born in November. Mom and baby will remain behind scenes for a few weeks as introductions with the rest of the herd are made.
“If weather permits mom and baby may still make their formal appearance for guests in October,” said Bonnie Kemp, Director of Communication.
“Watch our social media and website for updates on baby news and for the opportunity to help us name our little one.”
The Zoo’s baby girl becomes the newest ambassador representing wild giraffe in Africa. Giraffe populations continue to plummet due to poaching, habitat destruction and civil unrest. Fortunately, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) has been working to research giraffe and implement ways to save wild giraffe. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo contributes annually to GCF.
To learn more about giraffe conservation and how you can help, visit kidszoo.org.