Giraffe born at the Oklahoma City Zoo

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is welcoming a new member to its family.

Zoo officials say that a male giraffe calf was born on Monday. The new member of the herd already stands more than 5 feet tall and is the fifth offspring born to 16-year-old Ellie and Bogy, who passed away last year due to recurring gastrointestinal complications.

“Ellie is an experienced, doting mom, and her calf appears healthy and strong,” said Laura Bottaro, Zoological curator. “This calf is special to the Zoo because Ellie became pregnant with Bogy’s offspring before he passed away last year. We are thrilled to welcome his heir and it will be exciting to watch the calf grow up to be a special ambassador of his species, carrying on the legacy of our beloved Bogy.”

The Rothschild’s giraffe is endangered with only 470 individuals remaining in the wild in parts of Kenya and Uganda. The population has declined rapidly due to illegal poaching and habitat destruction.

The median life expectancy for Rothschild’s giraffes is 15 to 16 years.