April has given birth to a beautiful baby giraffe!! If you missed the birth… here is the video!!
April is a giraffe at Animal Adventure Park. The calf should be here any second, so be sure to check in on this live cam often!! We hope to be watching when the giraffe calf debuts! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to get your free giraffe coloring pages!!
April and her mate, Oliver, welcome a new baby. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for free coloring pages and other facts about giraffes.
If you would like to see the baby on the live cam, here it is:
What an amazing way to study animals by using all the available live cams to help us actually see them up close and personal. Technology really has afforded us some amazing opportunities! We will continue to bring you other amazing live cams as we find them. If you are interested in seeing see all the other live cams in this series, click here.
And if you are like me and totally infatuated with baby giraffes now, this is for you!!
12 Fascinating Giraffe Facts from Giraffe Conservation
- The Giraffe is extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.
- No two giraffe have the same coat pattern, just like our fingerprints.
- Giraffe feet are the size of a dinner place with a diameter of almost 12 inches.
- Giraffe tongues are bluish-purple and between 17.5 – 20 inches long.
- Both male and female giraffe have ‘horns’ already at birth. These ossicones lie flat and are not attached to the skull to avoid injury at birth. They only fuse with the skull later in life.
- The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world. Even newborn giraffe are taller than most humans.
- Female giraffe give birth standing up. Their young fall about 6 feet to the ground and can stand up within an hour of birth.
- About 50% of all giraffe calves do not survive their first year.
- A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread its front legs or kneel to reach the ground for a drink of water.
- Giraffe only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from the plants they eat.
- To protect the giraffe’s brain from sudden changes in blood pressure when it lowers its head to drink, it has valves to stop the back-flow of blood and elastic-walled vessels that dilate and constrict to manage flow. NASA has done research on the blood vessels in giraffe legs to get inspiration for human space suits.
- A giraffe heart weighs approximately 24 pounds and is the biggest of any land mammal. It is used to pump 16 gallons of blood around its body every minute at a blood pressure twice that of an average human.