Santa Barbara Zoo welcomes child Masai giraffe calf

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The Santa Barbara Zoo welcome a 150-pound bundle of pleasure to the ability this week: a child giraffe.

The zoo introduced in a information launch Friday that one in every of its two feminine Masai giraffes, Adia, gave beginning early Wednesday morning to a wholesome male calf named Raymie.

Based on the discharge, the calf’s legs had been first noticed round 11 p.m. Tuesday evening, and Adia was in lively labor for 3 hours earlier than Raymie was born.

“We’re thrilled to share the information of this beginning and welcome one other Masai giraffe to our herd,” Julie Barnes, the zoo’s vice chairman of animal care and well being, mentioned within the launch. “Every giraffe born on the zoo is essential to this inhabitants and conservation of this species, so we’re particularly pleased with the essential work completed on the Santa Barbara Zoo with our unimaginable animal care group.”

The zoo says the calf was standing 45 minutes after it was born and at present seems robust and wholesome. At his first medical examination Thursday, he weighed roughly 157 kilos and measured about 5 ft 9 inches tall.

“Whereas we’ve seen many giraffe births right here on the Santa Barbara Zoo, it’s all the time thrilling to see one other calf born and stand for the primary time,” Barnes mentioned.

Based on the discharge, that is Adia’s second calf and she or he is “as soon as once more displaying wonderful maternal habits.” Her first calf, Twiga, was born in March 2020 simply after the zoo closed for the pandemic.

Masai giraffes are listed as endangered due to “important decline of this species within the wild in latest a long time,” based on the discharge. The variety of Masai giraffes underneath human care right here within the U.S. is comparatively small — there are solely about 120 in North American zoos — and the Species Survival Plan manages the inhabitants to make sure that it’s wholesome and genetically numerous.

The zoo might quickly welcome one other new child giraffe: the herd’s different grownup feminine, Audrey, can also be at present pregnant and anticipated to provide beginning in July.

With the brand new addition, there at the moment are 5 giraffes on the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Based on the discharge, Adia and Raymie are at present in isolation within the giraffe barn, bonding behind the scenes. The zoo’s animal care group will decide when they’re able to be seen by the general public.

Within the meantime, listed below are the primary footage of child Raymie, courtesy of the Santa Barbara Zoo.

DSC06981 (1).JPG The Santa Barbara Zoo introduced one in every of its two feminine Masai giraffes, Adia, gave beginning early Wednesday morning, Jan. 19, 2022, to a wholesome male calf named Raymie. Santa Barbara Zoo DSC06973.JPG The Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed a brand new child giraffe on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. The infant, named Raymie, is one in every of 5 Masai giraffes on the zoo. Santa Barbara Zoo DSC06950.JPG At his first medical screening, Raymie measured 5 foot 9 inches and weighed greater than 157 kilos. Santa Barbara Zoo DSC06972.JPG The Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed a brand new child Masai giraffe on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. The infant, named Raymie, and his mom Adia are at present not on show on the zoo whereas they bond behind the scenes. Santa Barbara Zoo

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about enterprise and growth for The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she additionally covers metropolis governments and happenings within the South County area, together with Arroyo Grande, Pismo Seashore and Grover Seashore. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after graduating from Cal Poly together with her journalism diploma.

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