Busch Gardens Tampa Bay theme park announced the birth of a baby female reticulated giraffe. The new baby was born on Tuesday, December 27th, weighs approximately 127 pounds, and measures 5 foot 7 inches tall. Both mother and baby are doing well and are being monitored by park staff away from theme park guests. Continue after the break for more details.
The gestation period for the mother giraffe is approximately 15 months, and the new baby will nurse for an entire year. Busch Gardens has bred giraffes successfully throughout its history, and this new birth brings the reticulated giraffe population to 18. Mother and baby will rejoin the herd on display in the Serengeti Plains exhibit in approximately 3 months.
Busch Garden’s 65-acre Serengeti Plains is a naturalistic habitat featuring many free-roaming African animals including zebra, white rhinoceros, eland antelope, and birds in addition to the giraffe herd. These animals can be viewed from the park’s Serengeti Express, the Skyride, and/or on a Serengeti Safari (additional fee required), an open-truck tour during where guests can hand-feed reticulated giraffes and get up-close with the other animals on the plain.
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