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Mayor Tim Keller Welcomes Male Giraffe Baby at ABQ BioPark

Mother Niara and son Neelix doing well.

Jan. 17, 2019 - The ABQ BioPark Zoo welcomed a baby giraffe to the herd.

Seven-year-old Niara gave birth on Sunday, January 6, to a healthy male calf, Neelix. Mother and baby are doing well.
"The ABQ BioPark is so happy to welcome a healthy calf to our giraffe herd," said Mammal Curator Erin Flynn. "This is Niara's first experience raising a calf and she's doing a wonderful job."
Father Kumi was born at the ABQ BioPark in 2015. He now lives at Binder Park Zoo in Michigan.
Animal wellbeing is the ABQ BioPark's number one priority, and various staff stepped up to make sure Niara's delivery was as safe as possible including participating in a birth watch, providing heaters to keep her warm, and ensuring she had a safe and comfortable spot to deliver the baby.
The newborn calf will have access to the exhibit yard when weather permits. Newborn giraffes are sensitive to cold, so zoo staff will keep Neelix indoors until warmer weather arrives.
"We look forward to the weather warming up so Neelix can join the herd in the public viewing area so everyone can come visit and celebrate along with the Zoo staff," said Mayor Tim Keller.
MEDIA: Here is a link with b-roll and a behind-the-scenes interview with the primary giraffe keeper. Since it is too cold for the newborn to go outdoors and we cannot allow media to shoot backstage at giraffes, you are welcomed to use these assets.