Giraffe Kiraka is pregnant!

  Thu 14 Jul 2022 to Wed 31 Aug 2022
Auckland Zoo

Today on World Giraffe Day, we’re excited to share that the Zoo’s 12-year-old giraffe Kiraka is pregnant! Now in her final trimester, our ungulate keepers and veterinary team expect she’ll give birth, all going well, sometime in July.

Like their height, a lot of things about giraffe are long, including the 16-month gestation period required to grow this extraordinary African species. A new-born is approximately six feet tall - nature’s way of ensuring that from birth, the baby has enough height to be able to reach and suckle from its mother to get the vital sustenance it needs.