L.A. Zoo Welcomes a Female Masai Giraffe Calf!

CONTACT: April Spurlock

July 25, 2017

L.A. ZOO WELCOMES THE NEWEST – AND TALLEST – BABY TO THE ANIMAL COLLECTION  A FEMALE MASAI GIRAFFE CALF!

Media Are Invited To The Debut Of The Two-Week Old Calf – Wednesday, July 26

L.A. Zoo Female Giraffe Newborn Photo by Jamie Pham

The Los Angeles Zoo’s animal community soared to new heights with the birth of a female Masai giraffe on July 11. The unnamed calf, weighing in at 156 pounds and standing at around six feet tall, is the second baby born to both five-year-old mother, Zainabu, and five-year-old father, Phillip. Zainabu 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.

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.

Giraffe Feedings Now at the L.A. Zoo! Guests are encouraged to come see the calf while she’s still young because giraffes can grow to be nearly 10 feet tall by their first birthday! While you’re observing the new calf bonding with the herd, be sure to check out the Zoo’s interactive giraffe feedings. This face-to-face experience allows guests to get up close and personal with the adult Masai giraffes while feeding them their favorite greens and learning fun facts about the herd from Zoo education staff. Giraffe feedings take place twice daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and are $5 per person with paid Zoo admission. Tickets can be purchased (cash only) at the giraffe exhibit. Giraffe feedings are subject to weather-related changes, especially on rainy days.

About the Los Angeles Zoo

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 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.