ST. PAUL, Minn. – Como Zoo in St. Paul has welcomed a tall new addition to the family; a baby giraffe. The female giraffe measures out at five feet eight inches tall, and 135 pounds. When fully grown she can reach up to 16 to 20 feet tall and as much as 1800 pounds.
The baby giraffe, Frances, was born born August 24th to mom Clover. She is Clover’s 6th calf, and the 19th giraffe birth at Como Zoo in the last 22 years.
Como’s current giraffe herd currently consists of Clover, Daisy, Skeeter (father), Sky, and the new baby.
Reticulated giraffes are native to the dry savannahs and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. The giraffe is the tallest of all land-living animal species. Their tongue is as long as 18 inches and is used for grasping leaves and food. Giraffes grow quickly, often doubling its height in the first two years of life, often reaching over 12-feet tall. Giraffe gestation lasts between 14 and 15 months, after which a single calf is born. The markings or spots of a giraffe’s coat are unique to each individual.
Photo Credits: Como Zoo / Outdoor pics courtesy “Zookeeper Allison”