Endangered Baby Rothschilds Giraffe Born At French Zoo

This cute endangered baby giraffe is the first to ever be born at Amneville Zoo in France.

The calf was born at the animal park in the department of Moselle in the north-eastern French region of Grand Est on 28th September.

The Rothschild’s giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), a subspecies of the giraffe, is categorised as ‘endangered’ on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

According to the newspaper Le Parisien, the female Rothschild’s giraffe was the first to be born at Amneville Zoo where spokesperson Thomas Grangeat said: “This baby giraffe is new for us! In 30 years, the park has seen thousands of births, but a first is always moving.”

Credit: Zoo Amneville/Newsflash
The baby Rothschild giraffe, a rare subspecies, was born on September 28th at Amneville Zoo

The giraffe, whose mother’s name is Liana and she is five metres (16.4 feet) tall, while her baby weighs 57 kilogrammes (126 lbs) and is 1.75 metres (5.7 feet) tall.

The newspaper Sud Ouest said there are fewer than 1,600 Rothschild’s giraffes in the wild in Kenya and Uganda.

The Zoo’s head veterinarian Alexis Maillot said: “We must be vigilant, they are a fragile species. Therefore, we quickly carried out the usual tests to make sure she was doing well and to provide a little care.”

The Zoo has indicated that they will hold a competition on their website to vote for the calf’s name.

According to 20 Minutes, the giraffe will be five metres tall when it turns seven years old.


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Story By: Ernest Bio BogoreSub-EditorJames King, Agency: Newsflash

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