The 50th giraffe born at Tanganyika Wildlife Park will be on display for the first time this Saturday, May 27, in celebration of her new arrival and Memorial Day Weekend. May 27-29, the park will be offering a 25% discount for U.S. military personnel and their families with a military ID.
The new giraffe is female and her parents are Tanganyika resident giraffes Dudley and Isis, named after the Egyptian goddess of fertility. Our new baby is healthy and doing well at just over six feet tall and 158 pounds.
The baby girl giraffe does not yet have a name. Guests who attend Tanganyika’s upcoming evening fundraising event, the Twilight Tour, at the Park on Saturday, June 10, will have an option to enter a naming contest for the 50th Tanganyika giraffe.
“The giraffe breeding program at Tanganyika is very important because their numbers in the wild are dwindling. It has been called the silent extinction, as these animals are often not the focus of widespread conservation efforts right now,” Assistant Park Director Matt Fouts said. “Our giraffe conservation program is important to us and the preservation of the species.”
Recently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature moved the giraffe from “Least Concern” to the “Vulnerable” category due to an estimated 36-40 percent decline in the giraffe population in the last three decades.
Tanganyika has one of the largest giraffe herds in the country, which is currently at 12 with the new baby, and has been as high as 18. The size of the herd grows when new babies are born and shrinks when they leave for a long waiting list of zoos looking to breed or display the gentle giants.
In addition to our efforts to preserve giraffes at the Park, Tanganyika supports the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the only non-government organization in the world solely focused on the conservation and management of giraffes in the wild.
The newest addition will be viewable during the park’s open hours, this weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.