Photo Gallery | Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens Celebrates Arrival of 145lb Baby


The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announces the birth of a male reticulated giraffe on January 11 at 12:10 p.m.  The calf weighs approximately 145 pounds, is six feet tall and doing well. 

This is the second offspring for the mother, Naomi, a five-year-old, since she arrived at Jacksonville Zoo in October 2006.  The calf’s father is Duke, the 14-year-old patriarch of the giraffe herd, who has now sired a total of seven offspring since he came to the Jacksonville Zoo in April of 2003.  The Zoo now has nine giraffes in its collection. This is the 31st giraffe born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

“The neonatal or ‘well baby’ exam has been completed, and the calf is off to a good start,” said Tony Vecchio, executive director of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.  “The calf was standing on all fours within one hour of the birth and is now walking, sitting, standing and nursing properly.  The keepers and animal healthcare staff will continue to monitor the newborn closely,” he concluded.

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