Last night, giraffe Kimberley gave birth to a daughter, her third young. The father is Banio. The little one has already been drinking. This is important because mothers´milk still contains the most antibodies in the first 48 hours. You can admire mother and young in the giraffe building. They will stay here in the coming weeks.
The reticulated giraffe is classified as a separate species that is listed as “endangered” on the red list of endangered species. Almost 2/3rd of the population has disappeared in the last 20 years. There are approximately 8000 net giraffes left in the wild. The reticulated giraffes in Rotterdam Zoo are part of the European breeding program.