It is a lady! Child giraffe born on the Dwelling Desert in Palm Desert

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We have discovered the gender of the calf… it is a lady!

“This candy giraffe calf has captured the hearts of the group,” mentioned RoxAnna Breitigan, Director of Animal Care. “Lots of our friends had a front-row seat alongside the visitor pathway and listening to their collective pleasure because the calf was born and commenced to face was a real delight.”

All images courtesy of the Dwelling Desert

“The calf is wholesome and bonding properly with mother. She weighed in at 143 kilos and stands 5’10” at her well-baby examination this morning,” famous Dr. Andrea Goodnight, Head Veterinarian at The Dwelling Desert. “Shellie is doing nice as a first-time mother.”

The calf is anticipated to be launched again onto the giraffe savanna subsequent week. 

The Dwelling Desert is now dwelling to a herd of 10 giraffes.

Unique Report 2/21/22:

We have a brand new child giraffe on the Dwelling Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Desert.

Zoo officers mentioned the giraffe calf was born Monday morning on the giraffe savanna habitat. The calf was born to first-time mother and pa, Shellie and Kelley. The calf was up and strolling inside an hour of beginning.

“What an thrilling morning,” mentioned RoxAnna Breitigan, Director of Animal Care. “Lots of our friends had a entrance row seat alongside the visitor pathway, and we’re glad that so many had been in a position to witness such an unbelievable sight at the moment.”

Officers mentioned the calf and its mom are bonding properly. The 2 are at present within the behind-the-scenes barn being intently monitored by the animal care workforce.

The zoo is working to seek out out the calf’s gender. It has a well-baby examination scheduled Tuesday morning the place the zoo’s veterinary workforce will full a well being evaluation.

Up to now, donors have been in a position to decide on the identify of giraffe calves. The final calf we reported was in 2019 when Vicki Lou was born.

The Dwelling Desert Zoo & Gardens will proceed to supply updates on the calf.

The beginning of the calf is a profitable results of the Species Survival Plan (SSP®) advice, which ensures the genetic sustainability and variety of the species in human care. Giraffe gestation is about 15 months. The calf will now nurse for 9 to 12 months and start consuming foliage at about 4 months. The giraffe will double her measurement within the first yr of her life. Giraffe have their very own particular person spot-like markings and no two giraffe have the identical sample, much like people’ distinctive fingerprints.

To be taught extra in regards to the zoo, together with its giraffe safari, go to: https://www.livingdesert.org/

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