L.A. Zoo Announces Birth of Male Giraffe

CONTACT: L.A. Zoo Press

October 21, 2015



Media Are Invited To The Debut Of The Two Week Old Calf – Thursday, Oct. 22

Los Angeles Zoo Giraffe Calf in HerdPHOTO CREDIT: Tad Motoyama

Los Angeles Zoo Giraffe Calf in Herd
PHOTO CREDIT: Tad Motoyama

On Oct. 9, the Zoo’s animal community soared to new heights with the birth of a male Masai giraffe. The unnamed calf, weighing in at around 130 pounds and standing just under six feet tall, is the first baby born to four-year-old mother, Zainabu.

“Zainabu is doing a great job as a first time mother,” said Mike Bona, Animal Keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo. “The baby was born at night, and Zainabu didn’t need any assistance from Animal Care staff. I encourage guests to come out and see the calf while he’s still young because they can grow to be nearly 10 feet by their first birthday.”

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

Masai Giraffe Calf Media Debut

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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.

To RSVP or request photos, please call (323) 644-4273.

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.


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