After all the New Year’s Eve parties sometime in the middle of the night on January 1st, 2016 a baby giraffe was born at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Keepers at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo were delighted when they noticed that Ntombi had given birth to her third calf.
This giraffe is the first animal born in 2016 at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo which is located in Dubbo, Australia which is about 100 miles from Sydney, Australia.
Zoo keepers at the zoo have named the calf Nyah which means purpose in Swahili. Nyah will be helping to educate visitors to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo about the plight of wild giraffes in Africa. Over the past decade, giraffe numbers have been decreasing. Scientists estimate there are less than 80,000 giraffes left in the wild. Scientists believe this is due primarily to poaching and habitat loss.
We can’t get over how cute this little giraffe is, and we sure can’t wait to watch her grow. She’s in great hands at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. If you visit the zoo, feel free to share your pictures and videos with us on Zoo Nation’s Facebook.