The Phoenix Zoo welcomed their newest spotted member last week in the giraffe exhibit, the zoo’s first giraffe calf in 12 years.
The female baby giraffe, which does not yet have a name, was born on Sept. 12, the zoo announced via social media Tuesday.
The arrival of this newborn makes six giraffes total at the exhibit, said Linda Hardwick, zoo director of communications.
Hardwick added the zoo staff will be working on a plan for naming the baby soon.
Weighing in at around 150 pounds, the calf is under the protective watch of her four-year-old mother, Sunshine.
The two will spend time in an off-exhibit giraffe barn until the calf can be introduced to other animals, the zoo said.
It will be a few weeks until the mother-daughter duo step out onto the Savanna habitat, but once this happens, it will be zoo’s first giraffe calf at the Savanna since the reticulated giraffe, Makope, was born 12 years ago, Phoenix zoo officials said.
Sunshine was brought to the Phoenix Zoo in 2014 with plans to breed her with an 8-year-old male Masai giraffe named Miguu, who came from the Los Angeles Zoo in 2010.
“I hear from her keepers that as they are going about their morning duties of cleaning the stalls and feeding the giraffes, the baby likes to run and kick and is very active and friendly,” Hardwick said. “Mom is always keeping a watchful eye over her.”
The zoo said they plan to have updates on social media, including the zoo’s Facebook page.
Read or Share this story: http://azc.cc/2xgpGyA