As many of you know, we had three giraffes born this year. Daisy on January 11, Rocket on February 19, and Max on April 3. The weather seems to finally be warming up, so all of our giraffes have been able to venture outdoors after a long winter in the barn.
Max was the first of the babies to come outside. He can often be found with his parents, Pinda and Midas. He was of course a big hit with our visitors. This adorable and entertaining calf is sometimes seen galloping around the habitat.
Daisy and Rocket are still being bottle fed. They each get 3 quarts of formula 3 times a day, or a total of 9 quarts each day. This would be equal to a human drinking 2.25 gallons of milk a day!
Daisy and Rocket remained in the barn up until this week since they are being bottle fed and hand raised by the zookeepers. For everyone’s safety, we decided to introduce them to the rest of the giraffes slowly. For now they remain in a fenced off section to avoid any injuries with the adults. After the adjust to each other, they will be allowed into the same area as the rest of the herd. So far everything is going very well!