The Los Angeles Zoo has welcomed a new female Masai giraffe calf born on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The currently unnamed calf weighed 138 pounds and is 6 feet 6 inches tall. It was born to mother, Hasina, and father, Phillip, becoming the 11-year-old mother’s fifth calf and the 7-year-old father’s sixth calf. Hasina and Phillip were paired through a species survival plan program that breeds Masai giraffes to ensure the survival of the endangered species.
“I am beyond thrilled to welcome this newest giraffe into our herd,” said Mike Bona, an animal keeper at the L.A. Zoo. “Every Masai giraffe birth is important to this species, especially since they were officially declared endangered earlier this year. I hope every visitor that comes to see our new calf will also learn about their status in the wild and be inspired to help make a difference.”
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, primarily southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. Giraffes are currently listed as endangered as their populations throughout Africa are under threat and declining due to habitat loss and fragmentation, illegal hunting and disease.
Guests can view the calf and her giraffe herd daily at the L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive. For information, visit lazoo.org.
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