Giraffe calf born at Indianapolis Zoo
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 27, 2016) – The Indianapolis Zoo’s newest resident is only three weeks old, but he’s already taller than an NBA point guard!
A male giraffe calf was born to mother Tasaka on January 9. Following a 15-month pregnancy, like all giraffes Tasaka gave birth standing up. While their arrival into the world is somewhat abrupt, newborn giraffes are extremely resilient and are typically up on their feet in less than an hour.
Like all of the zoo’s animals, this newborn will be an ambassador and help raise awareness for conservation of the species because many giraffes are in decline in the wild due to poaching and armed conflicts across parts of Africa.
The zoo now has four giraffes, and they will remain inside a climate-controlled indoor facility throughout the winter. The new family is expected to make its debut in the spring, and at that time, guests will have an opportunity to meet members of the herd up close during public feeds.
The calf doesn’t have a name yet, but that’s because you get to play a role in name him! There will be a poll on the Indianapolis Zoo’s Facebook page where you can vote on a name!