OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO CELEBRATES BIRTH OF GIRAFFE - 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO CELEBRATES BIRTH OF GIRAFFE
Fall isn’t the only thing that has just arrived. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating its own special fall delivery—a female giraffe born Thursday evening, September 26, 2013! The newborn is the sister of Sergeant Peppers, a male giraffe born in January 2012 to Zoo favorites, Ellie and Bogy. Another sister, Keyara, was born at the Zoo in January 2010.
“Both mom and calf are doing well,” said Jaimee Flinchbaugh, Zoo hoofstock supervisor. “Ellie is a doting mom and her calf is full of energy, personality and spunk.”
Depending on weather conditions, Zoo guests may be able to see the unnamed new arrival that already stands six feet tall in the giraffe yard, mid- morning through early afternoon hours. The Zoo’s twice-a-day public giraffe feeding opportunities will continue, weather permitting. However, mom Ellie will not be participating until her caregivers believe she is comfortable with the feeding platform area and crowds. Updates, including the newborn’s name, will be provided on Facebook at www.facebook.com/okczoobg and Twitter at @okczoo.
Average gestation for a giraffe calf is approximately 15 months. Giraffes give birth while standing and unlike humans, the calf is born hooves-first. The calf then proceeds to stand, usually within one hour after birth. In the wild, it is important for a newborn giraffe to be able to stand quickly to elude predators.
Big things are happening at the Zoo this fall! The Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit www.okczoo.com.
Editor’s note: Photos and interviews available upon request.