Giraffe gives birth at Wildlife World

Jarabi, already standing 6 feet tall, made his debut into the world earlier this month. (Photo courtesy Wildlife World, Zoo & Safari Park)

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park recently welcomed a newborn reticulated giraffe to the family.

Jarabi, already standing 6 feet tall, made his debut into the world earlier this month.

The playful newborn can now be seen on exhibit exploring and bonding with mom.

Female giraffes have a gestation of up to fifteen months, one of the longest gestations in the animal kingdom.

Deputy Director Jack Ewert said, “The calf is thriving under the close watch of his attentive mother. Over the next few weeks, keepers will continue to introduce mother and baby to the rest of the herd.”

At Wildlife World’s 12-foot giraffe feeding station, visitors have a unique opportunity to feed and come face to face with the giraffes and see the newest addition to the giraffe herd. Using their 18-inch tongue and prehensile lips, these gentle giants will eat a mouthful of pellets right out of visitors’ hands.

In the wild, the giraffe population is under a lot of pressure. This is largely due to habitat loss, fragmentation, degradation, poaching and, ultimately, the growth of the human population. In 2016, the species was declared Vulnerable to Extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Joining in the fight to save the giraffe population from extinction, Wildlife World has not only donated to worthy organizations working to preserve these gentle giants but has also raised 10 giraffes in the last 17 years. The giraffes are ambassadors for their species and inspire visitors to conserve and protect their wild counterparts.

Mickey Ollson, the zoo’s founder, believes the success of the zoo’s internationally recognized giraffe breeding program is due to the expertise and dedication from its management, keepers, veterinary team and Arizona’s ideal climate conditions, which is similar to the savannas throughout Africa.