Thursday, August 10, 2017

OHIO NOTEBOOK | Giraffe calf born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo welcomed a male giraffe calf born Sunday, August 6, 2017, weighing approximately 160 pounds and standing over 6 feet tall. This is the 48th calf born at the Zoo.

Both baby and mom, Jhasmin, are doing well. This is her second calf; her first calf, Adia, resides at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

In order to stimulate the mother-calf bond, Jhasmin and the calf will be off exhibit for a period of time. The veterinary team will monitor the health of the calf and the development of the bond to determine when guests can meet them.

"With the addition of this new calf, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is now home to five Masai Giraffe," said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Christopher Kuhar, PhD. "We invite guests to hand-feed giraffes at the Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter and learn how to take action to secure a future for their counterparts in the wild."

The current giraffe population globally is estimated to be less than 80,000. Surprisingly, their numbers are declining across Africa - the population has decreased by nearly 40% in the last 15 years.

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