Baby steps as zoo has new arrival
FINDING a cute animal to gaze at is no tall order at Australia Zoo, but you may have to crane your neck to take in their latest addition.
The zoo’s second giraffe calf in two months was born to mum Penny on Wednesday, September 26.
“Since opening our African Savannah in September 2011, we’ve welcomed nine giraffes,” keeper Kat Hansen said.
“Our newest addition, together with his family, are great ambassadors for those in the wild as people from around the world can see them and learn about how we can save them.”
Ms Hansen said giraffe populations had reduced by more than 40 per cent in the past 30 years and there was now less than 100,000 in the wild, meaning they have been reclassed as vulnerable to extinction.
Robert Irwin said it was exciting welcoming new animals to the family.
“Giraffes really are incredible animals. When they’re born they stand up and start walking within an hour, they’re already roughly two metres tall and they can weigh 60kg,” he said.
“This male calf will probably grow to be more than 5.5m tall and we can’t wait to see that happen.”
As for the little guy’s name, this honour will be bestowed on the highest bidder at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner, to be held in Brisbane on Saturday, November 10.