Busch Gardens Welcomes Baby Giraffes Busch Gardens® Tampa welcomed two baby reticulated giraffes last month. Within an hour of birth, the calves were standing and within two hours were nursing. Cupid, a 15 year-old giraffe, welcomed her seventh calf this summer. The male calf weighed 188 pounds and was more than 6 feet tall. Tesa, an 18-year-old giraffe, also welcomed her sixth calf this summer; a female weighing 145 pounds and standing 5 feet 8 inches tall. Giraffes are the tallest mammal on Earth, with males standing close to 18 feet tall and females close to 16 feet tall. The gestation period for a giraffe
is between 14-15 months, and the female gives birth while standing. The reticulate giraffe is one of nine subspecies of giraffe and are easy to distinguish because of their distinct “net-like” pattern, brown-orange spots and thick white lines. They are found in southern Somalia, Ethiopia and down into northeastern Kenya. The baby giraffes are now on the Serengeti Plain® at Busch Gardens. The best view is from the Serengeti train or the Edge of Africa area of the park. For a closer look, guests can reserve a
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Serengeti Safari, which is an open-truck tour offering guests a unique look at the 65-acre Serengeti Plain® habitat where they will encounter African wildlife and even hand-feed giraffes with the help of an expert guide. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care.
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Published on Sep 1, 2013
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