Singapore Zoo’s first baby giraffe in 28 years takes the spotlight

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First giraffe calf in 28 years officially debuts at Wild Africa zone of Singapore Zoo

He doesn’t have a name yet (yes, it’s a boy!), but this baby giraffe just started taking the spotlight as Singapore Zoo officially welcomed him, the Mandai Lake Road-based zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years!

Singapore Zoo Giraffe Calf
Singapore Zoo Giraffe Calf

Born on August 31 with a height of 1.9 meters, he is the tallest SG50 baby born, and since then, he has grown to 2.3 meters already! His arrival came amidst the wealthy nation’s Jubilee celebration, a symbol to its achievement of new heights, particularly in wildlife conservation.

The calf is the first offspring of couples Roni (dad), from Israel, and Growie (mom), from the Netherlands, who both arrived in the zoo last 2005. For the first few months, zookeepers assisted his Growie in keeping him away from the limelight. He and his mom were separated from the rest of the herd to allow maternal bonding and make sure proper and efficient nursing. Baby-proofed, the modified exhibit sheltering the calf allowed him to explore his news surroundings safely.

Say hello to the newest Giraffe calf in Singapore Zoo
Say hello to the newest Giraffe calf in Singapore Zoo

Slowly, he and his mother were reintroduced back to his dad and an unrelated female Lucy. The introduction process took approximately three week to ensure he was accepted by the herd. To date, all four of them are now living comfortably in the exhibit. They can also be spotted grooming one another.

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New Giraffe calf at Singapore Zoo
New Giraffe calf at Singapore Zoo

The calf has grown so much he no longer relies on mother’s milk but can now nibble on some leaves and chopped vegetable. He’s now also able to roam around the exhibit located in the zoo’s Wild Africa zone. As he’s still starting to be familiar yet with the fame he’s gotten into, there are times he would run back to his mom when he comes across unfamiliar things.

As to why this baby giraffe’s debut into the zoo serves to be a big deal, Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said “Animal babies are always a cause for celebration as they are a good indication that the animals under our care feel comfortable and secure enough to breed in the environment that we’ve created for them. We hope the calf will tug at visitors’ heartstrings and inspire them to find out more about giraffes, and other animals that thrive in the same environment as these majestic creatures.”

Singapore Zoo welcomes newest Giraffe Calf
Singapore Zoo welcomes newest Giraffe Calf

Although giraffes are listed as a least concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, their habitat’s destruction serves as threats to their existence.

As for this baby giraffe, Mandai zoo’s newest addition to the family grabs the attention of the viewing public to a point that the zoo encouraged its visitors to upload the photos with the hashtag #sg50babygiraffe. For more updates about him, visit www.zoo.com.sg/sg50babygiraffe.

 

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