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It’s a boy! North Carolina Zoo Welcomes a Giraffe Calf

Asheboro, N.C. – Could 24, 2023 –   The North Carolina Zoo is happy to announce a hovering addition to its household. The Zoo’s 13-year-old giraffe Leia gave beginning to her calf—already about six ft tall—on Saturday, Could 20. 

The 145-pound calf was born to folks Leia (cow) and Jack (bull). The primary-time mother and her offspring are wholesome and at the moment bonding behind the scenes. The Zoo has had 12 earlier giraffe births, making this one fortunate 13. 

The Zoo’s animal care workforce will decide when mother and calf will be part of the herd—or tower (group of giraffes) on habitat and in public view. The general public is inspired to tune into the Zoo’s social media channels for photographs, updates, and details about how the calf will likely be named.


In a mixed assertion from the Zoo’s Giraffe Zookeepers Kristi Myers, Jason Balder, Mary Wilson, and Kelly Davis: “Leia and her calf are doing amazingly effectively. Our workforce couldn’t be prouder of how attentive Leia has been along with her firstborn. Mother and calf are bonding behind the scenes.”

They continued: “This new arrival brings the workforce a lot of happiness and pleasure to have some younger, spunky power round. The remainder of the giraffe tower – Jack, Turbo and Amelia – are all very curious of the beginner and are bopping noses each time they will.”


North Carolina Zoo Director, Pat Simmons, mentioned “The giraffes on the North Carolina Zoo function ambassadors for his or her wild cousins, giving our visitors the chance to study these majestic creatures and the conservation challenges they face. The Zoo’s direct engagement with conservation in Africa implies that each Zoo customer helps to make sure the way forward for this and different species.”

Leia was born in 2009 at Zoo Miami and arrived on the Zoo in 2014. Jack was born in 2008 at Dickerson Park Zoo and arrived on the Zoo in 2009.

Their pairing resulted from a suggestion by the Species Survival Plan of the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) which maintains the genetic range of species which can be in human care.

Giraffe calves are sometimes 5 to 6 ft tall and 150 to 200 kilos when born. This calf seems to be inside these wholesome parameters. Giraffes are pregnant for an extended 14 to fifteen months.

Giraffes are the tallest land animals. Feminine giraffes are as much as 14 ft tall and weigh as much as 1,500 kilos. In the meantime, males are as much as 18 ft tall and might weigh 3,000 kilos. At this peak, a giraffe can look right into a second-story window. Female and male giraffes can dwell to about 25 years within the wild and even longer beneath human care.

Enjoyable reality: No two giraffes have the identical coat sample, like human fingerprints.

Giraffes are native to sub-Saharan Africa and are very social animals, touring in massive towers (herds) of all ages and sexes.

They’re listed as a “Weak” species in keeping with the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and roughly 68,000 are discovered within the wild, with numbers reducing due to habitat loss, poaching (unlawful looking), and illness threatening their distribution all through Africa.

The North Carolina Zoo is actively concerned in giraffe conservation and analysis in Tanzania. You may learn extra about our workers working to avoid wasting giraffes within the wild right here on the Zoo’s Weblog.

The Zoo’s giraffe tower now numbers 5 – males Jack, Turbo, and calf, and females Leia and Amelia. 

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