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Giraffe calf born at zoo

Monday, 26th February, 2018 6:00pm
Giraffe calf born at zoo
Giraffe calf born at zoo

DUBLIN Zoo has announced the birth of its second new arrival in two weeks  - a Rothschild giraffe calf.

The new female calf follows the birth of a male Asian elephant calf announced last week.

Born on Tuesday February 13, the healthy giraffe calf stands at over six foot tall and weighs an estimated 40kg.

The newborn joins the rest of Dublin Zoo’s giraffes, including its mother Maeve and father Tafari, in the African Savanna.

 Team leader at Dublin Zoo, Helen Clarke-Bennett welcomed the beautiful new arrival.

“The giraffe calf is very lively and is engaging positively with the rest of the herd,” she said.

“Mother Maeve and her calf are healthy and Maeve is doing an amazing job of looking after the new arrival. We’re very excited about this addition to the Dublin Zoo herd and to see what the rest of the year will bring.”

The Rothschild giraffe is one of the most threatened of the nine sub-species of giraffe. Rothschild male giraffes grow to six metres in height and can weigh over 2,000kg.

Fewer than 670 remain in the wild.

To see the newest member of the giraffe herd, visit the African Savanna at Dublin Zoo.

 

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