Over the coming days, Kiraka and her calf will remain inside the Zoo’s giraffe house where they’ll be gradually introduced to the rest of the herd - older female Rukiya (20) and Kiraka’s daughter, Kabili (5 years old) and then dad Billy.
Once the herd is introduced to Kiraka’s new-born, the Ungulates team will assess when they can begin going out into the giraffe paddock for short periods, which will be visitors ’first opportunity to see Kiraka and her son. (Keep an eye on the Zoo’s social channels for updates).
“We can’t wait for visitors to meet Kiraka’s new calf and be able to watch him grow and develop over the coming months. The giraffe is such an exceptional species that, primarily due to habitat loss, has seen an almost 30% decline in its population since the 1980s. Here at the Zoo, we’re really proud to be partnering with and supporting the amazing work of Africa’s Giraffe Conservation Foundation to help conserve giraffe. This is vital support that our community helps contribute to when they visit,” says Vicky.
In the coming weeks, the Zoo will be inviting the community to help name Kiraka’s new calf. This will be announced via our social channels.