Animal care staff at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida are excited to announce the arrival of a new giraffe calf.
The unnamed male calf was born to 16-year old Milenna on March 17th. His father is 19-year-old Rafiki, who has sired all 11 calves born at the Zoo.
Zoo staff captured the first moments of his life on video.
“Every birth is incredibly significant, but giraffe births are especially awe-inspiring,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “We’re thrilled to share this moment with the world.”
Brevard Zoo says the calf weighs 148 pounds and measures 6’3.5” tall, he is just a half-inch shorter than Greg, Milenna’s previous calf, was upon birth in March 2016.
The as-yet-unnamed calf and his mother will remain behind the scenes for the next few weeks before joining the rest of the tower in the public viewing area.