A female Giraffe Calf at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo Update

A female giraffe calf at Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo

Welcome to the world little calf!

First-time mom, seven-year-old Layla, gave birth to a female this past Tuesday. The calf was born around 11:23 a.m. and with some help from mom, was already standing on her own by 12:16 p.m.

She is the second to be born at the Zoo this year, the first being Malcolm, who was born on April 30.

You can help name her, too! Visitors are invited to help name the calf by submitting a name in the Giraffe Herd Rooms.

Submissions will be accepted starting tomorrow, December 1 – Friday, December 8. The official winner will be announced online on Wednesday, December 13.

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A female giraffe calf at Omaha Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

A female giraffe calf at Omaha Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

First baby photos of Layla’s calf and Malcolm on the days they were born!

Layla’s unnamed calf, a female, (pictured left) was born this past Tuesday, second to Malcolm (pictured right), who was born on Sunday, April 30 to 11-year-old Dottie.

Turns out, the world’s tallest land mammals—these guys aren’t quite there yet—have some of the world’s strongest hair.

A giraffe’s tail hair is 10 times thicker than the average strand of human hair and functions just like a built-in fly swatter, protecting them from biting insects.

Their hair is a hot commodity among African cultures, being used for good-luck bracelets, fly whisks and sewing.

The giraffe population has declined by 80 percent in the last 30 years, primarily due to habitat loss but also illegal poaching. Not only for giraffe meat and hides, but sometimes,for their highly prized tails. 

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