female hit the ground – literally – Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1:18p. Giraffes face up
to a 4-foot fall when they’re born! The little pile of limbs was immediately
cleaned up by mama, 9 year old Kipenzi, and was standing up attempting to nurse
within the hour.
very exciting to have any birth here, but especially giraffes," said
animal care supervisor Jane Larson. "They’re such large animals. It’s so
fascinating to see this long-legged creature come out of the giraffe’s womb
then they have such a long drop. It’s very exciting – we’re thrilled!"
the father, was sent to the Oregon Zoo a few months ago due to limited space
while construction begins for the African Savanna. Riley will return to Utah’s
Hogle Zoo upon completion of the savanna in the spring of 2014.
has displayed giraffes since 1969, and is proud of the history of 16 successful
giraffe births over that time period.
baby are doing great. They’ve been spending the last week bonding but are ready
to greet zoo guests. As of today, Wednesday Oct. 3, both mom and baby are now
on exhibit in the giraffe yard, along with two other giraffes.
Learn more about our giraffes here