Singapore Zoo welcomes its first baby giraffe in 28 years

Roni the giraffe bonding with her new male calf, born on Aug 31. The baby can now be seen with the rest of the giraffe herd in the Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone.
Roni the giraffe bonding with her new male calf, born on Aug 31. The baby can now be seen with the rest of the giraffe herd in the Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone. PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years. The male calf was born on Aug 31.
Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years. The male calf was born on Aug 31. PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years. The male calf was born on Aug 31.
Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years. The male calf was born on Aug 31. PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
The baby giraffe with his father Growie (left, back) and mother Roni (right, back) at the giraffe enclosure in the zoo.
The baby giraffe with his father Growie (left, back) and mother Roni (right, back) at the giraffe enclosure in the zoo.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - Visitors to the Singapore Zoo will have an adorable new addition to look out for from Thursday (Nov 12)- a 2.3m baby giraffe.

The zoo welcomed its first giraffe calf in 28 years on Aug 31 this year, and the male calf, who does not have a name yet, spent its first full day out in the giraffe exhibit on Thursday, according to a release.

The calf, who was 1.9m tall at birth, is the first born to mum Roni and dad Growie, both of whom arrived at the Singapore Zoo in 2005.

During the first month, zookeepers kept Roni and her calf separated from the rest of the giraffe herd to allow mother and baby to bond, and to ensure that the calf was nursing properly. Keepers also "baby-proofed" the exhibit as a safety precaution before allowing the calf to explore its new surroundings.

 

The duo were gradually reintroduced to the other two giraffes in the herd - Lucy, an unrelated female, and dad Growie. All four are now comfortably sharing the exhibit, said the zoo, and there are plans to conduct a naming contest for the calf in coming months.

Said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer at Wildlife Reserves Singapore: "Animal babies are always a cause for celebration as they are a good indication that the animals under our care feel comfortable and secure enough to breed in the environment that we've created for them."

"We hope the calf will tug at visitors' heartstrings and inspire them to find out more about giraffes, and other animals that thrive in the same environment as these majestic creatures."

Visitors to the Singapore Zoo are encouraged to take photos of the new addition and upload them with the hashtag #sg50babygiraffe.

Follow updates on the calf's development at www.zoo.com.sg/sg50babygiraffe.