Lion Country Safari's giraffe, Pammella, gave birth to a 150-pound baby girl yesterday. The drive through zoo is looking for the public's input to select a name via their Facebook page .
Right now, baby and mom are kept by themselves away from the rest of the herd in the 1/2 acre maternity pen but are still visible to the public in the final section of the preserve.
Female giraffe reproduces year-round beginning at about four years of age. Their conception peak is usually during the rainy season and their gestation lasts approximately fifteen months. Giraffe calves are born while the mother is in a standing position and they drop to the ground head first. Life expectancy of a giraffe is twenty-five years.
Right now you can get into Lion Country Safari for $19.67 with a coupon because they are celebrating their 50th birthday.
Many are not aware but, giraffe are now listed as critically endangered. Lion Country Safari is dedicated to the captive breeding of a number of rare or endangered species and is proud to participate in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan.