Friday, November 2, 2012

Baby Giraffe

After we finished our pizza, we headed to the zoo.

The newest member of the zoo is a baby giraffe, born on October 22nd.  He was named Kiko, which means "Autumn's child" in Swahili.  He was 5'8" tall and weighed more than 118 pounds.  It was estimated that he will grow to be about 16' tall and will weigh as much as 2,600 pounds.


(Kiko's mother)

Giraffes are the tallest of all mammals.  Mature male giraffes can stand up to 19 feet tall and weigh as much as 4,000 pounds.  Female giraffes can stand up to 16 feet tall and weigh as much as 2,500 pounds.

Giraffes are social and live in small groups or large herds.  Adult giraffes roam over a large area to feed almost exclusively on the new shoots of shrubs and trees, with Acadia trees being their favorite.

After a gestation of 15 to 16 months, female giraffes give birth to a single young.  When born, the calf will stand approximately six feet tall and can weigh as much as 150 pounds.  The calf can grow an inch a day and double its height in a year.

source:  Greenville Zoo

We saw other animals, too...

even farm animals....

It was a gorgeous fall day...perfect zoo weather!  :)

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