Omo The Baby Hippo: An Update

Double the Cuteness with 2 Baby Giraffes at Perth Zoo

At 3:30am Saturday 2 October, ‘Ellie’ gave birth to a male giraffe calf at Australia’s Perth Zoo.


As a first time mum, Ellie needs time and space to adjust to motherhood. She is naturally a nervous giraffe, so keepers need to take things extra slowly with her and her offspring.

For the time being they are bonding in the giraffe nursery, with Ellie getting used to her son and learning how to nurse him properly. As some human mums will know, this is not always easy, and Ellie has had some difficulties over the past two days allowing her son to feed. But he is strong, tall (over 180cm) and Perth’s expert and dedicated team are continuing to support Mum, calf and the rest of the herd.

The new arrival is the second giraffe born at the Perth Zoo in the last four weeks AND it is also the first time in Perth Zoo history they’ve had two giraffe calves at the same time!
That means double the cuteness and double the contribution to the regional breeding program.  
Perth will let everyone know when their latest long-legged family member is ready to see visitors.