It's a girl! Wildlife Safari welcomes baby giraffe

Park officials are looking forward to a healthy harmony between the calf and her extended family.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2018 12:23 PM
Updated: Mar. 12, 2018 3:50 PM

WINSTON, Ore. — She was walking before she was even given a name. In fact, the public won’t learn anything about the newborn giraffe’s name until March 16—spring break, by Wildlife Safari’s calendar.

Wildlife Safari in Winston welcomed their new giraffe calf into the world on March 4. Her parents are Erin and Mate, two adult giraffe residents of the park. The calf is the second one born to the park’s new breeding program.

“Erin has taken to being a mother like it’s nature,” said Tanda Schmidt, on the Wildlife Safari’s ungulate keepers. “She’s not a nervous mom, but very patient and attentive while watching her calf explore.”

The park’s giraffe family watched with interest as Erin gave birth to the new calf, according to a statement. The other giraffes have only had passing interactions with the baby girl.

“We’ve seen a lot of ‘nose booping’ between the calf and the other giraffes, so these positive explorations are promising,” said Schmidt. The park’s staff hopes that family bonds are forming already.

The new calf weighs 147 pounds, and stands at 5 feet 10 inches. She was standing—and walking—less than two hours after her birth.

“We always want our animal births to feel like they belong to, and sort of represent the community,” said Dan Van Slyke, Safari’s executive director. “The baby girl is going to be a huge asset and ambassador to the community and to tourism in the area, by attracting that many more out of town guests.”

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