An endangered Rothschild’s giraffe was born at Belfast Zoo on Sunday 24 July 2022.
Proud mum, Casey, laboured for 2 hours and gave delivery naturally at 2.30pm, contained in the giraffe home, which was closed to the general public to supply privateness for bonding. Zookeepers report that the male calf is doing nicely and that Casey is doing a fantastic job. Casey is a second time mum, after giving delivery to Ballyronan in Might 2020.
Belfast Zoo historically names giraffes after locations starting with “Bally”. The male Rothschild’s giraffe calf is called Ballyhenry, a townland in County Antrim, which was chosen by Curator Raymond Robinson.
New-born giraffes normally weigh round 100kg and are round 5 toes 9 inches tall, however little Henry measures 5 toes 7inches. Rothschild’s giraffes are probably the most endangered giraffe subspecies. Estimates recommend that solely round 2,000 stay within the wild, resulting from unlawful looking for meat and conceal and a unbroken lack of habitat.
Sustained conservation motion has helped the final giraffe inhabitants transfer from ‘endangered’ standing to ‘close to threatened’ on the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pink Listing, however the Rothschild’s giraffe subspecies stays endangered.
Alyn Cairns, Zoo Supervisor, stated “We’re delighted to welcome little Henry to the herd at Belfast Zoo. We first welcomed Rothschild’s giraffes in 1988 and have since celebrated the delivery of 39 calves. We’re proud to take part in a European breeding programme and collaborate with zoos all over the world. Our breeding success helps to make sure that that there’s a ‘security web’ inhabitants of this endangered subspecies.”
Guests can see the brand new calf and its herd on the giraffe home or outdoors within the giraffe paddock at Belfast Zoo every day from 10am till 6pm (final entry is at the moment 4.30pm).
Photographs by Zookeeper Nick