First giraffe calf in 28 years officially debuts at Wild Africa zone.
SINGAPORE, November 2015 — Singapore Zoo proudly welcomed its
first giraffe calf in 28 years on 31 August this year. At a statuesque
1.9 metres, he is the tallest SG50 baby, and is a symbol of Singapore
soaring to new heights in the years following its Jubilee celebration.
calf is the first offspring of both mom Roni and dad Growie, which
arrived in Singapore Zoo in 2005, from Israel and the Netherlands
respectively. The unnamed calf has since grown 40cm, and now stands at
“Animal babies are always a cause for celebration as they are a good indication that the animals under our care feel comfortable and secure enough to breed in the environment that we’ve created for them. We hope the calf will tug at visitors’ heartstrings and inspire them to find out more about giraffes, and other animals that thrive in the same environment as these majestic creatures,” said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Although listed as least concern on the IUCN* Red List of Threatened Species, habitat destruction and fragmentation are threats to giraffe populations. To a lesser degree, they are hunted for their meat, coat and tails. The tail is prized for good luck bracelets, fly whisks and string for sewing beads, while the coat is used for shield coverings.
There are plans to conduct a naming contest to find a suitable name for the little one in coming months.
Those visiting Singapore Zoo are encouraged to take photos of the new addition and upload them with the hashtag #sg50babygiraffe. Visitors can follow updates on the baby giraffe’s development at www.zoo.com.sg/sg50babygiraffe.
*IUCN: International Union for the Conservation of Nature