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Busch Gardens Welcomes Baby Giraffe

The park’s newest addition will become part of the herd by spring.

From Busch Gardens Tampa Bay:

welcomed a new baby female reticulated giraffe on Dec. 27. At 5 feet 7 inches tall and approximately 127 pounds, the newborn is the calf of father, Jafari, and mother, Tesa, who has previously given birth to four other calves at Busch Gardens. 

This new addition brings the park’s reticulated giraffe population to 18. The term “reticulated” refers to the giraffe’s net-like pattern of spots.

Mother and baby are currently in an area out of guest view so they can be closely monitored by zoo staff to ensure the baby is nursing and growing properly. The duo will join the other animals on the Serengeti Plain in about three months.

A giraffe’s gestation period is approximately 15 months, and the new baby will nurse for about one year. This birth is part of a successful long-term breeding program at Busch Gardens.

Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain is a naturalistic habitat featuring a diverse population of free-roaming African animals including giraffe, zebra, white rhinoceros, eland antelope and several other species of hoof stock and birds.

Carol Dell January 05, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I won't be going to see the giraffes..........because... I am really disappointed with Busch Gardens' handling of the Preschool Pass Program. The Gardens activated my three year old grandson's 2012 pass two days before announcing the program where he would have been admitted FREE for the whole year of 2012. When calling to ask for a refund, I was told that no refunds are given....."you can have the $70+ dollars in Busch Bucks (redeemable for souvenirs at the Park) or a single day ticket".....in exchange for a year long pass I purchased. I know of others who are in the same boat as me and this does not seem like a very business friendly way to treat their loyal customers. Shame on them!!! I will certainly take Busch Gardens off my list of places to take my out of town visitors. Carol Dell

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