The Wilds celebrates birth of giraffe calf

Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Wilds has announced the birth of a male Masai giraffe calf.

The calf was born in the pasture July 10 and appears to be healthy according to officials. The care staff noted the calf is strong and staying close to his mother.

The birth was visible to guests on an Open-Air Safari Tour.

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The staff will continue to monitor the calf’s development and health over the coming weeks.

The calf’s father, Raha, was born at the Los Angeles Zoo in April 2006. The mother, Lulu, was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in October 2012. The calf is Lulu’s first.

The calf may be visible to guests on both Wildside and Open-Air Safari Tours.

“Welcoming a giraffe calf to our herd is always an incredibly exciting time for our team,” said The Wilds Vice President Dr. Jan Ramer. “Not only is this birth a milestone here at The Wilds, but it also gives us great hope and a foothold to sustain declining populations of this species in their native ranges.”