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Meet Good-looking Henry! Belfast Zoo Welcomes Endangered Giraffe Calf To The Herd


An endangered Rothschild’s giraffe was born at Belfast Zoo on Sunday 24 July 2022.

Proud mum, Casey, laboured for 2 hours and gave beginning naturally at 2.30pm, contained in the giraffe home, which was closed to the general public to offer privateness for bonding. Zookeepers report that the male calf is doing nicely and that Casey is doing an incredible job. Casey is a second time mum, after giving beginning to Ballyronan in Could 2020.

Belfast Zoo baby giraffe photo by Keeper Nick 2

Belfast Zoo historically names giraffes after locations starting with “Bally”. The male Rothschild’s giraffe calf is called Ballyhenry, a townland in County Antrim, which was chosen by Curator Raymond Robinson.

Belfast Zoo baby giraffe photo by Keeper Nick 1

New-born giraffes often weigh round 100kg and are round 5 toes 9 inches tall, however little Henry measures 5 toes 7inches. Rothschild’s giraffes are one of the vital endangered giraffe subspecies. Estimates counsel that solely round 2,000 stay within the wild, because of unlawful looking for meat and conceal and a unbroken lack of habitat.

Belfast Zoo baby giraffe photo by Keeper Nick 3

Sustained conservation motion has helped the overall giraffe inhabitants transfer from ‘endangered’ standing to ‘close to threatened’ on the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Crimson Record, however the Rothschild’s giraffe subspecies stays endangered.

Alyn Cairns, Zoo Supervisor, mentioned “We’re delighted to welcome little Henry to the herd at Belfast Zoo. We first welcomed Rothschild’s giraffes in 1988 and have since celebrated the beginning of 39 calves. We’re proud to take part in a European breeding programme and collaborate with zoos around the globe. Our breeding success helps to make sure that that there’s a ‘security internet’ inhabitants of this endangered subspecies.”

Guests can see the brand new calf and its herd on the giraffe home or outdoors within the giraffe paddock at Belfast Zoo every day from 10am till 6pm (final entry is presently 4.30pm).

Pictures by Zookeeper Nick

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