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Baby Giraffe Born
at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Giraffe calf

Posted September 2017

The new male calf has a name! Kazi, which comes from African origin and means "labor," was named in honor of his birth over Labor Day weekend.


The Milwaukee County Zoo is proud to announce details of a reticulated giraffe birth on Saturday, Sept 2.

The male calf, Kazi, was born in the afternoon to mom Ziggy, and dad, Bahatika.  Kazi, which comes from African origin and means "labor," was named in honor of his birth over Labor Day weekend.  This is Ziggy’s second calf.  Zoo veterinarians have completed the calf’s first exam, and recorded a weight of about 152 pounds, and a height of approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall.  Zookeepers and medical staff have been monitoring mother and baby.  They note that the baby is nursing regularly and Ziggy appears to be an attentive mother.

Ziggy is 7 years old, and arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 2013 from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Bahatika is 12 years old, and arrived at MCZ in 2006 from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado.

In the wild, giraffes are found throughout the savannas of Africa.  Although
not threatened by extinction, the wild giraffe population is less than 80,000 and decreasing; but exact numbers are uncertain.

Giraffe calfThe Zoo’s indoor Giraffe Exhibit will be open limited hours for the public today, until 3 p.m.

Most likely, regular hours will resume beginning Sept. 8  if Ziggy and the calf continue to be comfortable with visitors. 

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