(Salt Lake City,
UT) – It’s a little early for
packages from Santa, but a baby giraffe was delivered Thursday July 30 at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Interviews and video/photo opportunities
available Friday July 31, 2009 (today) from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

The baby giraffe, a male, was born to Hogle Zoo giraffes Kipenzi (six-years-old) and
Riley (six-years-old). First-time mother Kipenzi had the baby outdoors in the
yard which she shares with another female giraffe. Right now, the baby seems
small next to the full-sized giraffes, but during its first week of life will
grow nearly one inch per day. Baby giraffes weigh about 110 pounds and can rise
to their feet and nurse within hours of birth. They can also run before they
are 24 hours old.


The new giraffe baby was expected
this summer, and Kipenzi appeared she was going into labor just before noon
Thursday. By about 12:30 she had successfully delivered her first baby. Less
than an hour later, the baby giraffe was standing for the first time.

"The delivery went very well,"
said Dr. Nancy Carpenter Hogle Zoo
Associate Director,Animal Health. She adds, "It took about an hour and a half
from start to finish. Shortly after birth the giraffe was working to stand,
and it already seems that Kipenzi is a good mom who is bonding well with her
baby." Giraffes have no specific breeding season, and give birth after a
gestation of about 14 to 15 months. 


To learn more about the baby
giraffe or for interviews, contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly Braithwaite by email at or call
(801) 584-1729.

Giraffe Facts:
Adult males
usually are about 17 feet tall, weighing as much as 3,000 pounds, with necks
that can measure 6 l/2 feet long. The pattern of spots on every giraffe is
unique and is used to tell one from another.


About the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums:

Utah’s Hogle
Zoo is one of only 218 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos &
Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo
whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting
a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great
experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  AZA is a leader in global wildlife
conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For
more information visit


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