The ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of a male Giraffe. The as yet-unnamed youngster was born on September 30 to proud first-time mother Ijuma and dad Uno. He's just begun exploring his outdoor exhibit.
The baby boy took his first wobbly steps just a few hours after birth, a nerve-wracking experience for onlooking zoo keepers. He is now very confident on his long legs and can often be seen galloping around the Giraffe barn.
The Whipsnade Zoo staff reports that Ijuma has been showing good maternal instincts and the other Giraffes, including Dad Uno, are very curious about the new arrival, peering over the fence to get a better look.
Giraffes are native to eastern and southern Africa. There are nine subspecies, each with a distinctive coat pattern. As a whole, Giraffes are listed as “Least Concern” by the IUCN, but two of the subspecies are classified as endangered and many populations have become fragmented. The overall population of Giraffes has decreased by nearly half in the last decade.
Photo Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo