New arrival reaches new heights

06 Oct 2019

After coming up with four amazing names, the keepers wanted to open up the naming process to their visitors, so they asked their Facebook followers and the ‘little’ golden boy has been named Gilbert.
Gilbert was born on Monday afternoon, 23rd September 2019, under close observation by the keepers in the privacy of the Giraffe House. 11 -year-old Genny, an experienced mother had a successful pregnancy, with first time father Kito, overlooking the birth.
Giraffes are a protected species, classified as ‘Vulnerable’ by the IUCN Red List, under more threat than many people realise. Wild populations are suffering from a continuing decline, with 111,500 remaining. Since 1985, the total giraffe population has fallen by 30%.
5-year-old, Kito arrived at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in 2018, from Dudley Zoo, where he has become a firm favourite with staff and visitors because of his silly ways and charm. Dudley Zoo have had a baby of their own recently. A little baby girl, who happens to be the auntie to Gilbert. Kito’s new half sister was born the day before Gilbert and is currently enjoying her new surroundings with her Mum, Josie, and Kito’s Dad, Kubwa.

So far, baby Gilbert is happy spending his days getting used to his new enclosure, his keepers and neighbours. He is currently content with running around, spending time with mum and dad and sleeping in a bundle of hay.
The public can visit Gilbert in the Giraffe house at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and find out more about him from the experienced keepers at the daily Giraffe Talk. 
New arrival reaches new heights
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