ABQ BioPark Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe
Baby is mother's tenth calf
The latest addition to the ABQ BioPark zoo is a baby Reticlulated giraffe, born overnight July 16-17, 2015. The baby's mother, June, is very experienced with newborns, as this is her tenth calf. The giraffe's gender is not yet known.
June is 21 years old and has been at the ABQ BioPark Zoo since 1998. Buccaneer, the father, has been at the zoo since 2006. This is their fourth calf together.
"The baby is doing great, and was up and moving very quickly," said Paul Huang, Senior Zookeeper, "June is a very calm and casual mother, she's an old pro at this."
The gestation period of giraffes is around 15 months. Baby giraffes typically will be standing up within 30-45 minutes after birth. They walk shortly thereafter and typically will hide for a couple of days before starting to follow their mother around.
June and Buccaneer are paired as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP is a program developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help maintain a healthy and genetically diverse animal population within the zoo community in an effort to increase a species chance of survival.
As part of the plan, after about two years, the newest generation of giraffes are often eventually located to other zoos. June has offspring all over the county, including San Francisco, Detroit and Topeka.
The baby is on exhibit in the Africa area at the ABQ BioPark Zoo.