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West Palm Beach, FL – Lion Country Safari welcomed another giraffe calf, the third of 2018, at approximately 4:50 p.m. on April 23, 2018. The newborn female, Amanzi (meaning water in Zulu), was born amidst an afternoon thunderstorm to the awe of guests driving through the preserve just before closing. She measures 6 feet-tall (1.8m) and weighs 167-pound (75.7kg).
While the two calves born in February have recently joined the rest of the herd in the final section of Lion Country Safari’s preserve, the newest calf can be seen in a maternity area in the same section for some quality bonding time with mom, Lily. Mom (9 years old) and dad (Cupid; 13 years old), are experienced parents with Lily having birthed 4 calves and Cupid having sired 12.
Giraffe reproduce year-round with females giving birth to a single large calf after a gestation period of approximately fifteen months. Females give birth standing up and calves are usually able to stand and run within a few hours following birth. Life expectancy of a giraffe is twenty-five years.
Giraffe are going through a silent extinction, with a 40% decline of their wild population in the past 3 years. There is an estimated 100,000 individual giraffe left in the wild. Lion Country Safari is a proud partner of AZA’s Giraffe SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program and a proud supporter of Giraffe Conservation Foundation.