SAN FRANCISCO—A new female baby giraffe joined the herd of six giraffes at the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens on Friday, April 8 at 9:40 a.m. in the Bernard Osher Foundation Giraffe Barn, according to a press release from the San Francisco Zoo. The unnamed giraffe’s mother is Barbro, the father is Floyd and she has a two-year-old sister named Sarah.
Video and photos were taken just five hours after the birth. The over six-foot tall giraffe took her first steps 30 minutes after she was born. The zoo’s Twitter page posted a photo of Barbro and her calf on Tuesday, April 12.
“It is such a special time when babies are born at the Zoo,” said Tanya M. Peterson, President of the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens in the press release. “You can’t help but fall in love with this calf the moment you see her. We are so fortunate to be able to share this exciting news with our community.”
Rachel Eslick, Media and Public Relations for the San Francisco Zoo, told San Francisco News in an email that as of April 13 the baby giraffe may be publicly visible for short periods of time, as determined by animal experts.
This comes just in time for the zoo’s Baby Bunch Weekend event on April 16 and 17 where guests are invited to visit all the animal babies. Animal babies include the new giraffe, an African lion, a wallaro, patas monkeys, black howler monkeys and Magellanic penguins.
For more information on the Baby Bunch Weekend event or the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, visit www.sfzoo.org.