New Baby Giraffe
Great news! On Saturday evening (13 January) Auckland Zoo’s female giraffe Kiraka gave birth to a healthy female calf who our Ungulates keepers estimate stands around 6 feet (1.8m) tall and weighs approximately 60kg.
“Having had four other offspring, Kiraka is an experienced mother, and just as she is demonstrating with this latest calf, she’s always extremely attentive and protective.
She also has this wonderfully calm nature that has a very positive, relaxing influence on her offspring," says Auckland Zoo Ungulates team leader, Tommy Karlsson.
Our ungulates keepers say that Enzi is a very easy-going calf and is showing a lot of character already.
Enzi has bonded well with the whole giraffe herd and is already very confident around the other species – ostriches and zebras – that she shares her habitat with.
Her weight is increasing at a healthy and steady 2kg a day and she has already started to supplement mum Kiraka’s milk with a nibble on some fresh leaves and lucerne hay.
Enzi means ‘powerful’ in Swahili and we think it’s the perfect name for this strong female calf.
Thanks to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation – an organisation the Zoo has supported since 2014 (with you our visitors help), great work is being done across 20 African countries to help ensure the future of all giraffes.