New Baby Giraffe
Great news! On Saturday evening (13 January) Auckland Zoo’s female giraffe Kiraka gave birth to a healthy female calf who our Ungulates keepers estimate stands around 6 feet (1.8m) tall and weighs approximately 60kg.
“Having had four other offspring, Kiraka is an experienced mother, and just as she is demonstrating with this latest calf, she’s always extremely attentive and protective.
She also has this wonderfully calm nature that has a very positive, relaxing influence on her offspring," says Auckland Zoo Ungulates team leader, Tommy Karlsson.
At this early stage Kiraka and her calf are primarily staying inside the giraffe house, but Kiraka could choose to bring her calf into the adjoining outdoor yard for short periods during the day, so visitors might potentially catch a glimpse of her.
The rest of the herd, including this newborn calf’s dad Billy (5) will be out in the Africa Safari Track habitat with the zebra and ostrich. However, there might also be times in the day when they venture inside to check on how Kiraka and her calf are doing.
Thanks to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation – an organisation the Zoo has supported since 2014 (with you our visitors help), great work is being done across 20 African countries to help ensure the future of all giraffes.
In the coming weeks, along with updates, the Zoo will announce details of a naming competition for Kiraka’s calf – so be sure to keep any eye on our social channels.