Columbus Zoo announces 2 baby giraffes to be born end of summer

Photo credit: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced Thursday two giraffe calves are expected to be born at the end of summer.

Adam Felts, Curator of Heart of Africa and Asia Quest, made the announcement during a Facebook live video for World Giraffe Day.

The two expectant mothers are 8-year-old Zuri and 6-year-old Cami. Zuri came to Columbus in 2013 after being at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio, and the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Texas, where she was born. Cami came to the Columbus Zoo in 2013 from the Nashville Zoo in Tennessee. They have a gestation for 477 days, according to Felt.

Enzi is the 8-year-old breeding male Masai giraffe, and he arrived at the Columbus Zoo in 2013 after first being at The Wilds and the Toledo Zoo, where he was born.

Zuri’s calf is due sometime between late August and mid-September, and Cami’s calf is due between late September and mid-October. The sex of the calves is not yet known.

These will be the first giraffe births at the Columbus Zoo in nearly 20 years. The last calf born in 1999. They are expected to weigh anywhere from 100 to 150 pounds and be around 6 feet tall.

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