Page 29

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

To advertise, call 727-612-0783

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.

Pinellas • September 2013 • 29

Gulf Coast Family - September 2013 - Pinellas  

Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you