Zoo seeing double with second giraffe birth

kellys-first-photo-3The Gulf Breeze Zoo announced the birth of yet another giraffe calf Wednesday, Oct. 5, bringing the herd total to five.

Kelly was born early Sept. 6 to mother, Kenya, a 7-year-old reticulated giraffe. The little girl weighed in at 117 pounds and measured 5 feet 8 inches tall at birth.

Kelly’s birth follows just five weeks behind the birth of her herd mate, Gibson who was born to mother Gabby Aug. 2.

Mother Kenya and baby are both healthy and thriving, and visitors can see both babies running and playing together in the exercise yard daily the zoo reports.

Their mothers and Gibson’s big brother Gideon can also be viewed and fed at the giraffe feeding station every day, weather dependent, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Giraffe are the tallest land mammals with males reaching up to 18 feet tall. Giraffes generally give birth to 1 calf after a gestation of around 15 months.

Overall, giraffe populations are considered stable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature; however large portions of their natural habitats have been destroyed. The reticulated African giraffe population has been estimated to range from only 4,500 to 4,700 in the wild.

The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98. Admission to the zoo is $17.95 for adults, $13.95 for children. Military, senior and group rates are available. Call (850) 932-2229, or visit www.GBZoo.com for information.


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