Boston, Mass.; July 25, 2023 – Franklin Park Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a Masai giraffe calf. Born on July 14, the male calf stands at 6 feet tall and weighs 184 pounds. Within an hour of his birth, the calf was standing and nursing from mom, Amari. The day after the birth, the Zoo’s veterinary team examined the newborn calf, which included bloodwork and a physical exam.
“He is a strong, healthy calf and appears bright and alert,” said Dr. Chris Bonar, Zoo New England Director of Animal Health. “As with any newborn, he will be closely monitored by his care team as he continues to grow and reach milestones.”
Zoo New England is an active participant in the Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). By sharing research and knowledge, participating institutions work together to establish guidelines that best ensure the health of captive populations, and with success, the survival of endangered species. Chad, the calf’s father, joined Franklin Park Zoo from the Santa Barbara Zoo in 2018. This birth is a result of a recommended breeding between Chad and Amari.
“Amari is an attentive mother and the calf appears healthy and strong,” said Chris Bartos, an Assistant Curator at Franklin Park Zoo. “The dedicated care team has been closely monitoring the mother and baby since the birth. The calf has been nursing well and is curious about his surroundings.”
Amari and her calf are currently bonding behind the scenes. The baby’s public exhibit debut will be announced on the Zoo’s social media channels and website when the time comes.
Standing tall and majestic, the Masai giraffe is one of Africa’s most iconic and beloved species. Known for their distinctively patterned coats and towering stature, these gentle giants hold a special place in the hearts of animal lovers around the world. The birth of this calf is not only a joyous occasion for the zoo but also a significant milestone in the ongoing conservation efforts for this endangered species.
Zoo New England has long been committed to the conservation of this iconic species. Giraffes face numerous threats in the wild, including habitat loss and poaching. The global population of this iconic giant has declined by 40% over the last 30 years.
Zoo New England manages Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Both are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Zoo New England’s mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
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