L.A. Zoo is Extra Thankful This Holiday Season for the Birth of a Female Giraffe

CONTACT: April Spurlock

November 22, 2016

L.A. ZOO IS EXTRA THANKFUL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON FOR THE BIRTH OF A FEMALE GIRAFFE – THE WORLD’S TALLEST LAND MAMMAL!

Media Are Invited To The Debut Of The Two-Week Old Calf – Tuesday, Nov. 22

Thanksgiving came early at the L.A. Zoo with the birth of a healthy, female Masai giraffe on November 9. The unnamed calf, weighing in at around 130 pounds and standing just under six feet tall, is the third baby born to eight-year-old mother, Hasina, and the first offspring for the four- year-old father, Phillip. Hasina and Phillip were paired together through a Species Survival Program (SSP) that breeds Masai giraffes in order to ensure the survival of a species that is threatened in the wild.

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LA Zoo Giraffe Baby Birth by Jamie Pham

“The birth of this female giraffe is an example of the hard work and dedication zoos have committed to the conservation of Masai giraffe,” said Josh Sisk, Curator of Mammals at the Los Angeles Zoo. “Successful breeding programs such as this ensure future generations are able to personally experience these magnificent animals.”

Giraffes are the tallest land mammal, and Masai giraffes can grow up to 17 feet tall and weigh 2,700 pounds. The largest of the nine subspecies of giraffe, Masai giraffes are found in East Africa, namely southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. All giraffe populations throughout Africa are under threat and declining due to habitat loss and fragmentation, illegal hunting, and disease.

The female calf can currently be seen with the rest of the giraffe herd on exhibit daily, weather permitting.

WHAT: Masai Giraffe Calf Media Debut
WHEN: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE:Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
MEDIA: Media staff should park in the Zoo’s south lot near the public bus circle, and a Zoo staff member will transport them to the giraffe habitat.
PHOTOS: To RSVP or request additional photos, please call (323) 644-4273.

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LA Zoo Baby and Mom Giraffes by Tad Motoyama

About the Los Angeles Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.