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A precious new addition has finally arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. After months of anticipation, Mama Giraffe Zuri has finally given birth to her new calf, the first born at the zoo in nearly 20 years.
Zuri, an 8-year-old female Masai giraffe, came to Columbus five years ago after living at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio and the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Texas, where she was born.
“I am extremely proud of our dedicated animal care team members, who—due to the incredible bonds they share with the animals—have been able to provide top quality care around the clock to both Cami and Zuri throughout their pregnancies, with additional support from our wonderful volunteers,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf.
“We certainly have a lot to celebrate with the arrival of this calf, and we also look forward to welcoming (Cami’s) calf soon as these births mark an important achievement in helping to protect the future of giraffes.”
Of course, Zuri’s calf isn’t the only one who’s making an entrance. Cami, a 6-year-old Masai giraffe is also due at any moment.
The sex of the calf is not yet known. Both mothers, as well as Zuri’s calf, are being closely monitored by the Zoo’s animal care staff via camera monitors. The new baby appears to be doing great.
If you’d like to get a glimpse of the new mom and calf, you can check out the giraffe cam live feed at giraffebirthcam.com.