Australia Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of our first giraffe at 10.10am AEST, Wednesday 16 October.
The female calf, named Skye, was born to Rosie and is the first giraffe to be born in Queensland.
Both Rosie and the calf are healthy and doing extremely well, according to Australia Zoo Africa curator Laurie Pond.
“Our little giraffe has already taken her first wobbly steps after two or three concerted efforts to stand up,” Laurie said.
“She is already suckling and we couldn’t be happier with her progress. Rosie is also doing well and is a fantastic first-time mum, and seems quite content with her new little calf.”
Rosie has been at Australia Zoo since late 2009 after she travelled from Monarto Zoo in South Australia, and this is her first calf.
This is also the first calf for dad Forrest, who arrived at Australia Zoo in 2009 from Auckland Zoo in New Zealand.
“Forrest is quite the lucky man, being the only male in our herd of four giraffe,” Laurie said.
“Our other two giraffe girls, Sally and Penny, are also expecting calves in the next few months.”
Rosie and her calf will spend the next few weeks bonding, and visitors to Australia Zoo will have the opportunity to see them at our Africa exhibit in the coming months.
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