The Phoenix Zoo Welcomed a Female Baby Giraffe

The Phoenix Zoo Welcomed a Female Baby Giraffe 

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The Phoenix Zoo welcomed a female baby giraffe on Tuesday, September 12 (one week ago today). The little girl weighed in at approximately 150 pounds and is being extremely well-cared-for by her very protective mother, Sunshine.

This is Sunshine's first calf, and the two will remain in the giraffe barn until the calf is old enough to be introduced to other animals and go out on the Savanna. Once that happens, the Savanna will have its first giraffe calf since our reticulated giraffe, Makope, was born 12 years ago.

Sunshine is a four-year-old Masai giraffe, and arrived to the Zoo in 2014 as recommended by the Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan in order to breed with our eight-year-old male Masai giraffe, Miguu (pronounced Mee-goo).

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Miguu came to Phoenix in 2010 from the Los Angeles Zoo.

The Phoenix Zoo Welcomed a Female Baby Giraffe​

The calf does not yet have a name and is spending time bonding with mom in the giraffe barn, an off-exhibit area.

 It will be a few weeks before mom and baby are strolling the Savanna habitat, but we will be sure to post frequent updates about the baby on our social media channels and when to expect them to make an appearance.

Until then, enjoy these adorable photos!

Just as a reminder, it will be a few weeks before mom and baby are strolling the Savanna habitat, but we will be sure to post frequent updates about the baby on our social media channels and when to expect them to make an appearance.

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Supporters react:

Brenda Cable That you for your posting. Love going to Phoenix for spring training and we always went to your zoo when my daughter was young. Can't wait to take my grandson to your zoo and can't wait to see your new little one

Emily Snyder Collins Phoenix Zoo PLEASE consider the name Tess! My daughter Tess is MY sunshine, she loves The Phoenix Zoo and she loves giraffes, she'd be the happiest 3 year old EVER!

Loree Simmons Mutter YAY!!! Congratulations!!! I just drove across the country and saw April the Giraffe and her baby Tajiri last month!!! Can't wait to see this little gal right here at home!

Sheena R Starling Behrens This is the best news!!! Can't wait to see her!! The weather is finally cooling off!! I love giraffes!! Oh and of course, I always have to visit Sheena, the elephant

Kim Bartosik Apt I absolutely love hearing about things like this… the family bond is strong and beautiful! I can't wait to see this little one when they are introduced to the Savannah. My son loves all animals but giraffes are one if his favourites… he will love seeing this!

Cindy Burgin Oh wow, another giraffe!! Welcome to the world little giraffe baby! Phoenix Zoo, please post an announcement as soon as she is ready for public viewing. I can't wait to come see her!

 

  

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Jill Townley Katie I was just showing Cash the pics of the baby giraffe. He was hoping it was a boy. He wanted to tell you about it this evening.

Wendy Jo Anderson She is beautiful! I'm so glad Sunshine is being a good mom. I really had no doubt that she would be because her mamma is wonderful too

Susan Harrison How cute! I remember feeding the giraffes and you guys saying how you wanted to breed! So happy to see it finally happen! Can't wait to see the little one!

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