It’s a boy!

A new baby giraffe has been added to the Disney family. The calf was born on June 10th, 2021 and is six feet tall and weighs 183 pounds. According to Scott Terrell, Director of Animal & Science Operations, he’s “playful, curious and pretty chill” and has been spending lots of time with mom, Lily. He has a unique butterfly marking on his right shoulder and heart-shaped markings throughout his coat.

Lily and her calf will join the herd on Kilimanjaro Safaris in the coming weeks. Due to poaching and habitat destruction, there are only 35,000 Masai giraffes currently living in the wild. Their population is continuing to decline. This birth comes as another success for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan Program.

This isn’t the only baby born within the past year. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had several animal births including Dash the Hartmann’s mountain zebra, Ranger the rhino, Ivy the mandrill, and Maple and Zella, two other Masai giraffes. Hooray for new animal babies!

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