17 August 2018
Australia Zoo is thrilled to announce the arrival of a female giraffe calf born to mum, Rosie, on Tuesday 14th August at 2:30pm. Rosie has been here at Australia Zoo since 2009 and is a very confident and outgoing giraffe, often leading the herd on the African Savannah.
Born at up to two metres tall and around 60kg, after a significant gestation period of 15 months, this long awaited baby is an exciting addition to the giraffe herd at Australia Zoo.
Head of African animals, Manu Ludden said mum and calf are doing well.
“As expected, Rosie gave birth to a very healthy female calf who shortly afterwards started walking and feeding from mum which is exactly what we want to see. Rosie is a beautiful mum and this is her third calf she’s had here at Australia Zoo, so she’s relaxed and knows exactly what to do!
“Rosie and her new baby to are now bonding and spending some important one-on-one time together. In the coming weeks, we would expect to slowly introduce them into the rest of the herd on the African Savannah where guests will also be able to see them,” said Manu.
Bindi Irwin said she was thrilled to have another adorable giraffe addition to the Australia Zoo family.
“She is too cute for words! Mother Rosie is doing a great job with her new baby. Both little one and Mum are happy and healthy. We are excited to share this fantastic news with everyone. This gorgeous girl is certainly going to melt a lot of hearts with her big brown eyes!” said Bindi.
This birth is significant to giraffe populations as the species is considered vulnerable in the wild. Threats to these beautiful animals throughout African countries include poaching and habitat destruction. The giraffe at Australia Zoo are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild, raising the profile of the depleting population and helping to educate people on the importance of saving the species.
Did you know?
- Giraffe give birth standing up, so the fall for a new calf can be up to two metres.
- Giraffe calves stand within one hour of birth!
- A giraffe’s spots are as unique as a human’s finger print.
- Despite looking a little uncoordinated, they can run at speeds of 55km/hour.
- They can reach weights of over 1900kg and heights of over 5.7m.
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