Bronx, NY – Oct. 6, 2011 – A male Baringo
giraffe calf is making its public debut at the Bronx Zoo’s African
Born on September 14, 2011, James Marjani is the first
giraffe calf born at the Bronx Zoo since February 2009. He was approximately
six feet tall at birth and estimated to weigh more than 100 pounds. As an
adult, he could eventually grow to more than 17 feet and weigh close to 4,000
The baby was born to mother, Margaret Sukari, and father,
James Michael. The Bronx Zoo names all of its giraffes in memory of Mr. and
Mrs. James Carter, benefactors for whom the Carter Giraffe Building is named.
His birth brings the total number of giraffes in the herd to eight.
In anticipation of the birth, keepers prepared a stall with
a heavy layer of straw bedding to help absorb the impact of the calf’s 6-foot
drop from his mother. Keepers kept mom and baby separated from the other
giraffes for several days to give them time to bond before slowly introducing
them to the rest of the herd.
The new calf will be on exhibit intermittently for the first
several weeks he adjusts to his new surroundings. Exhibit times will vary.
The gestation period for a giraffe is 14 to 14.5 months and
the baby starts walking within the first few hours of birth. The calf will
nurse for approximately one year, but will begin sampling solid food when three
months old. Eventually it will transition
to a diet of leaves, alfalfa hay, kale, pelleted grain, and produce. Giraffes
are the tallest animal in the world and have an 18-inch-long tongue that they
use to grasp branches and pull leaves from trees.
Giraffes are native to grasslands, savannas, and open
woodlands in central, east, and southern Africa. The Baringo giraffe (aka
Rothschild’s giraffe) is found in western Kenya and eastern Uganda. While
populations are still robust in many places, the overall trend is a decreasing
population. The Wildlife Conservation Society works across the globe and throughout the giraffe’s African range to save
wildlife and wild places. WCS is working to protect
giraffes in key African landscapes like Zakouma, Chad, Murchison Falls, Uganda,
and in the Sahel of South Sudan.
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