[Video] Meet The Dallas Zoo’s Latest Addition: A 6-Foot Baby Giraffe | KERA News

[Video] Meet The Dallas Zoo’s Latest Addition: A 6-Foot Baby Giraffe

Oct 29, 2014

The Dallas Zoo’s 12-member giraffe herd has a new member: a newborn male giraffe.

The 6-foot, 120-pound calf was born on Sunday to first-time mom Chrystal.

“A new giraffe is always a reason to celebrate,” said Lynn Kramer, vice president of animal operations and welfare for the Zoo. “They’re remarkable animals, and are seriously threatened in the wild.”

The newborn is a reticulated giraffe, which according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, is a species with fewer than 4,700 left in the wild.

Watch Chrystal bond with her newborn: 

Mom and baby are doing well; they will stay indoors together during the evening for about three months, until the calf is big enough to join the herd at nighttime.  

“We were keeping a close eye on Chrystal,” giraffe supervisor Lisa Fitzgerald said. “It’s been three years since we had a calf, so our team is quite excited. Caring for a newborn this big is always a challenge, but it’s one that we love.”

Jamie was the last giraffe calf born at the Dallas Zoo, in 2011.