San Francisco Zoo

Reticulated Giraffe Calf at the SF Zoo

This past Monday mama Bititi gave birth to her second calf at the San Francisco Zoo. Giraffe gestation lasts between 14 and 15 months and the female gives birth standing up, a six foot drop for the calf’s grand entrance into the world. Newborn giraffes can be up to six feet tall when born. Life span for a giraffe is between 20 and 25 years in the wild and up to 28 years in captivity.

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"Wild" Animal Encounters

Spotted:  Interspecies conoodling at the San Francisco Zoo...

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Photographer Susan Pettitt caught these kangaroos coming nose to nose with a wild squirrel just the other day at the San Francisco Zoo...

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Meanwhile, at the Artis Zoo, A.J. Haverkamp comes through again with some heart warming photos of Dayo the gorilla baby coming face to face with a meerkat and her own baby...

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Momma meerkat valiantly protects her babe, but we suspect Dayo is "meer"ly curious...

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SF Zoo Receives Early Holiday Gift with Baby Gorilla

SAN FRANCISCO (DECEMBER 9, 2008) – The San Francisco Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male baby western lowland gorilla, born Monday, December 8 at 11:30 a.m. This is the first gorilla birth for the Zoo in a decade and plays a contributing role to the conservation efforts taking place for this critically endangered species through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan (AZA, SSP). This is the fourth successful gorilla birth in North America this year.

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photos courtesy of Amy Frankel and the San Francisco Zoo

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