A new baby Masai giraffe was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on June 10! The healthy, long-legged baby boy towers nearly six feet tall and weighs in at 183 pounds. He’s playful, curious and pretty chill, spending lots of time nuzzling with his mom, Lily, in a backstage barn. He has a unique butterfly marking over his right shoulder and heart-shaped markings dotting his coat.
The different size and color markings on giraffes camouflage them on the savanna and distinguish the different subspecies. Masai giraffes, seen on Kilimanjaro Safaris, typically have a lacy-edged spot pattern that resembles oak leaves. Park guests will be able to see Lily and her adorable calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris in the coming weeks when the pair joins the rest of the herd on the savanna.
This latest animal birth at Disney’s Animal Kingdom marks another success for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan Program that oversees responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species. Giraffes are a vulnerable species facing a silent extinction in the wild, with a population decline of 40 percent over the past 30 years. There are roughly 35,000 Masai giraffes left in the wild, and their population continues to decline due to poaching and habitat destruction.
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