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The Zoo Welcomes New Baby Giraffe!

Baby Giraffe

Posted June 2018

The Milwaukee County Zoo is proud to announce details of a reticulated giraffe birth on May 15.  The new giraffe joins young male, Kazi, the most recent giraffe born at the Zoo in September 2017.

Baby GiraffeThe new female, Maya, was born in the early evening to Marlee, and dad, Bahatika.  This marks the second offspring for Marlee, and the fourth for Bahatika.  On May 16, veterinarians completed the calf’s first exam, and recorded a weight of about 174 pounds, and a height of approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall.  Zookeepers and medical staff have been monitoring mother and baby.  Marlee appears very calm and attentive to the calf, who is nursing regularly.

Marlee is 6 years old, and arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 2013 from Zoo Miami.  Bahatika is 12 years old, and arrived here in 2006 from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado. 

The Zoo currently houses six giraffe: adults Bahatika, Marlee, Ziggy, Rahna; youngster Kazi; and the newborn.

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.

The Zoo’s indoor Giraffe Exhibit will be open for limited hours beginning at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 23.  Most likely hours will increase as the calf and mother become more comfortable with visitors.

Giraffe zookeepers will give the baby a name after they’ve worked with her for a bit of time.

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