Two More Baby Giraffes Welcomed At The Fort Worth Zoo
Two new baby giraffes at the Fort Worth Zoo make for three in total this year born in North Texas.
That's right, two more giraffes have been born at the Fort Worth Zoo: a male born July 1, weighing 145 pounds and standing exactly 6 feet tall, and a female born July 11, weighing 132 pounds, standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall. This brings the baby count to three this summer after Lucchese’s birth on May 7.
No, the two newest babies have not been named yet.
The two newest calves took their first steps into the African Savanna habitat with the rest of the herd recently. The giraffes share their space with a variety of species that they would coexist in the wild with, like ostriches, springbok, kudu and various African birds.
According to a press release from the Fort Worth Zoo;
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Giraffe Conservation Foundation estimate that the giraffe population has decreased by 30 percent over the last 20 years in the wild, facing what many are calling a “silent extinction.” The Fort Worth Zoo participates in a cooperative breeding program with other accredited zoos around the country in order to maintain a healthy, genetically diverse population of giraffes as a hedge against extinction. Since 2000, Fort Worth Zoo animal staff has facilitated the births of 26 giraffe calves, including Lucchese and the two newest calves.
The African Savanna habitat has room to house a herd of up to 18. This will allow the Zoo to continue breeding these endangered animals and give guests the opportunity to learn more about them, observe up close and connect with this species.
The African Savanna Habitat, which just opened in 2018, is a wonderful example of how good the animals can have it in a zoo-type setting. The Fort Worth Zoo does it right, voted the No. 2 zoo in North America by USAToday, the Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, the No. 1 family attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey and a Top 10 Zoo or Aquarium by FamilyFun magazine. Home to more than 7,000 animals, the Fort Worth Zoo is an amazing place that is always working to make it better for the animals and those of us who love to see them.