Auckland Zoo is celebrating the arrival of its 32nd Giraffe calf! The six foot female was born to 13-year-old ‘Rukiya’, on April 23rd.
The new calf is the sixth offspring for 'Rukiya' and 17-year-old dad, ‘Zabulu’.
"Rukiya took about an hour and half to deliver this little one, which is on a par with most Giraffe deliveries. She's such a fantastic mum, we really couldn't ask for better. Her calf was walking within half an hour, and has been suckling well," says Auckland Zoo's Pridelands team leader, Nat Sullivan, who witnessed the birth.
"It was so great to see the birth. Even though I’ve seen many here over the years, to me, it’s still one of the coolest things you can ever experience,” says Nat.
A recent health check by vets confirmed the newborn is in great health.
Keepers will soon be selecting a name for the girl, and mother and calf will be gradually integrated with the rest of their herd in the Giraffe paddocks of the Pridelands area, within the next month.
The Pridelands exhibit, at the Auckland Zoo, is a walk through area that allows visitors to experience the sights and sounds of native African animals.
More great pics, below the fold!