Weighing in at 180 pounds (81.8kg) and measuring 73.5 inches (1.87m), Lion Country Safari welcomed the largest female giraffe ever born at the park. Mom, Pammella, gave birth during the early morning hours of July 18th.
So, what is her name? That’s where Lion Country Safari is asking for input via social media. Dust off that English to Swahili dictionary you have laying around and toss in your best suggestion for our newest little, big girl on Safari.
This baby and her mom are segregated from the herd in the maternity pen to allow bonding time. They are visible in the drive-through preserve (section 7, Hwange National Park) or from the giraffe feeding exhibit at Lion Country Safari. After three months, they will join the giraffe herd.
Female giraffe reproduce year-round beginning at about four years of age. Their conception peak is usually during the rainy season and their gestation lasts approximately fifteen months. Giraffe calves are born while the mother is in a standing position and they drop to the ground head first. Life expectancy of a giraffe is twenty-five years.
Lion Country Safari is dedicated to the captive breeding of a number of rare or endangered species and is proud to participate in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan. This conservation program helps to ensure the survival of selected wildlife species.
Lion Country Safari is located 15.5 miles west of I-95 off Southern Boulevard. Open daily (561) 793-1084 or visit us on the web at www.lioncountrysafari.com.