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54th & 55th giraffes born at Tanganyika Wildlife Park within week

Saturday, August 18 2018 1:30 PM
By James Soyez

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Tanganyika Wildlife Park recently welcomed the 54th and 55th giraffe babies to born at the Park. The giraffe calves were born within a week of each other. Virtue gave birth to a baby boy followed by Vesta who gave birth to a baby girl. They share the same father, Dudley. 

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“Last year we had five baby giraffes born, so we have been eagerly awaiting babies this year,” stated Matt Fouts, the Park’s Assistant Director, “It’s rare to have two born so close to each other, so that was pretty exciting.” 

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Giraffes have a 15-month gestation period, so they typically only breed every couple of years. That has created some challenges when it comes to ensuring there is a viable population to preserve their species, which is important because they are facing more and more survival issues in the wild.
Tanganyika has one of the largest giraffe herds in the country, with a waiting list of zoos who would like to add giraffes to their collection.

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Tanganyika Wildlife Park is accredited by the Zoological Association of America, is Humane Certified™ by American Humane, and began operating in 1986, opening to the public in 2008. Located on the west edge of Wichita, just off Kellogg/Highway 54, Tanganyika’s primary goal is the conservation of animals. The Park contains some of the rarest and endangered species in the world, and gives guests unique ways to learn and interact with some of these species, in order to encourage stewardship and education. The Park is dedicated to helping visitors improve their connection with the wonders of the animal world and to be one of the premier facilities for breeding endangered species. For more information, visit twpark.com

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