Baby Giraffe at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Baby Giraffe at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s new male giraffe calf and his mom, Jada, joined the rest of the Masai giraffe herd Friday morning at the Zoo’s Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter. This was the first time that the calf has joined the herd in the outdoor habitat since his birth on April 15, 2019.

The calf was born weighing approximately 101 pounds and standing about six feet tall. Since birth he has gained approximately 20 pounds though he is still considered small compared to typical male giraffe calves that can weigh approximately 150 pounds at birth.

Over the last two weeks he has been introduced to other members of the Zoo’s giraffe herd including Bo, Jhasmin and her calf Zawadi who was born in August 2017.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will be announcing details on the public’s chance to help name the calf in the coming weeks.

Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, moms enjoy free admission at the Zoo on Sunday, May 12! Click here for more information!

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Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her features and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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