Baby giraffe born at Gulf Breeze Zoo

Newborn Gibson hangs out with his keeper at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Gibson is less than a month old.

Newborn Gibson hangs out with his keeper at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Gibson is less than a month old.

The Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomed a tall new family member Aug. 2 with the birth of a new baby reticulated giraffe named Gibson.

Gibson was born 5’ 6” tall and weighs 127 pounds. He is named in honor of one of the zoo’s landscapers, Larry “Gib” Gibson. Gibson has served the zoo for 28 years and continues to work to make the zoo look its best.

Gibson’s mother Gabby carried the baby for about 15 months. As an adult Gibson, a member of the tallest land mammals in the world, will likely reach a height of 18 feet.

In the wild, overall giraffe populations are stable, but reticulated giraffe populations are at 4,500 to 4,700 due to loss of natural habitats according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The new baby boy became available for visitors Aug. 25. All four of the zoo’s giraffes can be seen each day between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Entry costs $17.95 for adults and $13.95 for children with military, senior and group discounts available.

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