New child giraffe arrives at Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park in ‘bittersweet’ week


Employees and guests at Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park witnessed a really particular second on Wednesday afternoon – the start of the primary giraffe calf on the zoo for eight years.

The little animal, wobbly on its new legs, was born simply after 2pm and seemed to be “wholesome and glad”, the park’s spokesman Nathan Hawke mentioned.

The teenager’s gender is as but unclear, and workers will look forward to a number of days earlier than giving it a reputation.

The newborn calf with its mother Shira at Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch on Wednesday afternoon.

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The new child calf with its mom Shira at Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch on Wednesday afternoon.

Hawke mentioned these on the zoo have been overjoyed on the start and it had been an “wonderful day” for individuals who witnessed it.

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The park at present homes 5 giraffes, and whereas workers have been “completely delighted” with the brand new arrival, it had been a “bittersweet” week because the zoo’s final breeding bull giraffe died simply days earlier.

Orana’s unique species supervisor Rachael Mason​ mentioned workers have been thrilled to see the teenager.

It was an “amazing day” for all those who got to witness the birth of the “lanky” and “wobbly” calf.

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It was an “wonderful day” for all those that received to witness the start of the “lanky” and “wobbly” calf.

“We haven’t had a giraffe calf right here at Orana Wildlife Park in eight years, so the attractive little face was simply wonderful to see.

“Mum Shira is doing fabulously effectively … so we’re simply thrilled.”

In December 2019, Orana welcomed Kamili the giraffe to its herd.

The younger feminine from Western Australia’s Perth Zoo travelled about 6000 kilometres to be re-homed in Christchurch as a part of the zoo’s managed regional breeding programme.

The calf was born in front of excited onlookers in the zoo’s outdoor enclosure.

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The calf was born in entrance of excited onlookers within the zoo’s outside enclosure.

There are simply over 68,000 mature giraffes left within the wild, in response to the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature’s Crimson Listing.

The positioning lists giraffes as susceptible, because the species inhabitants continues to say no globally.


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