Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Child Masai Giraffe, Raymie


Credit score: Courtesy Santa Barbara Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed its latest child Masai giraffe, Raymie, early within the morning on Wednesday, January 19.

“We’re thrilled to share the information of this beginning and welcome one other Masai giraffe to our herd,” mentioned Dr. Julie Barnes, the zoo’s Vice President of animal care and well being. “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 unbelievable animal care workforce.”

The male calf was born round 2 a.m. to the zoo’s feminine Masai giraffe, Adia. He’s the eleventh Masai giraffe born on the Zoo since 2012, and the tenth fathered by zoo’s male giraffe, Michael. Adia and Michael’s first calf collectively, Twiga, was born in March 2020, shortly after the zoo closed because of the pandemic. 

Michael is taken into account the “most genetically essential male Masai giraffe in North America,” and he was delivered to the S.B. Zoo from Canada in December 2011; Adia arrived in 2017 from the Cleveland Zoo.

Adia was in labor for simply over three hours, and Raymie was capable of stand on his personal 45 minutes after he was born. He’s nursing and seems sturdy and wholesome, based on zoo employees. Mom and son are actually bonding behind the scenes within the “giraffe barn.” The zoo’s animal care workforce will decide when Adia and Raymie are prepared to depart the barn.

A day after his beginning, Raymie weighed in at simply over 154 kilos and was measured at 5 toes, 9 inches tall. 

Masai giraffes are listed as endangered because of the vital decline of this species within the wild in latest a long time, and the giraffes on the Santa Barbara Zoo are among the many estimated 120 Masai giraffes that dwell at 28 North American zoos, based on the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums.

The general public may also help help the herd by turning into a “Foster Feeder” sponsor of the giraffe herd. A donation of $50+ helps with the price of feeding the rising giraffe household. For more information and updates on when Raymie will likely be obtainable for public viewing, go to the zoo’s social media accounts or verify


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