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Male Giraffe Calf born to Perth Zoo giraffe’s female Kitoto and bull Armani. October 8, 2019

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Perth Zoo’s family has expanded with the arrival of a strong, healthy male giraffe calf late yesterday afternoon.

Less than 24 hours old, the calf is in the night quarters, or ‘giraffe nursey’ and no access will be granted beyond

the initial giraffe care team as zookeepers give the herd a chance to bond.

The little male was born to mother, Kitoto at 3:04pm yesterday afternoon after a two and half hour labour . Both Mum and baby giraffe are doing well and were bonding behind the scenes in the giraffe nursery.

Straight after birth, Mum was seen licking and grooming her new calf and he was up standing and testing his wobbly legs after just 20 minutes. In another great sign, the calf was suckling and feeding from mum within the first hour after birth.

This is the second calf born to Kitoto and her partner, the bull, Armani as part of a coordinated effort by Australian zoos to breed

these majestic creatures to help fight extinction. Giraffe numbers in the wild have plummeted to fewer than 80,000, making our efforts vitally important.
For the next few weeks the giraffe herd will be spending time bonding with their  infant, who stands at approximately 169 centimetres in height.

Patience is requested from Perth Zoo patrons during these early days as the giraffe may not be as visible as normal, because like any family, the arrival of a newborn is a big deal and they’ll need some quiet time.


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