Call then double trouble: A second male giraffe calf has been born at Lion Country Safari, less than a week after another birth.
The newest baby in the now-18 giraffe strong herd was born on New Year’s Eve to 9-year-old mom Ashleigh, the park said in a news release. The calf, which clocked in at 6.1 feet tall and 161 pounds at birth, was named Kianga, Swahili for sunshine.
Kianga and Ashleigh can be seen in the giraffe maternity area, which is visible toward the end of Lion Country Safari’s drive-thru park. Their area sits next to another maternity pen that houses male calf Kandoro, born Dec. 27 to 18-year-old Ayanna. Kandoro is Swahili for sweet potato, which is just about the cutest name I’ve heard in a long time and I’ve already started calling my son “my little sweet potato.”
With both calves visible from the road, visitors to the park at 2003 Lion Country Safari Road in Loxahatchee can expect some slow-downs toward the end of the drive.
Lion Country Safari’s giraffe herd is one of the largest in the United States. The park is part of the global effort to fight the “silent extinction” of giraffes as a partner of AZA’s Giraffe SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program and a supporter of Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
For more information, go to www.lioncountrysafari.com.
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