Dozenth Giraffe Calf Born at Brevard Zoo

Giraffe calf born at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida.
Giraffe calf born at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE, Florida – The Brevard Zoo, located in Melbourne, Fl welcomed a newborn giraffe on Friday, October 19th, 2018 at approximately 5:15 am.

The new baby boy weighs 158 pounds, and he is six feet tall. The unnamed calf came out feet-first.

He is the ninth offspring of mother Johari, 18, and the twelfth of his father, Rafiki.

“The newborn giraffe underwent a neonatal exam, where we checked his overall health,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs.

“He looked to be in great condition at his checkup on Saturday,” Smurl added.

The new calf will remain with his mother behind the scenes for a few weeks before he makes his first appearance in Expedition Africa.

General Admission:

  • Adults $19.95
  • Seniors $18.95
  • Children ages 3 – 11 $14.95
  • Children under 3 are Free

The Brevard Zoo is located at 8225 North Wickham Road in Melbourne. For more information call (321)254-9453.

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Tina Hodges works full-time as our travel writer for Palm Bay Daily. She is also the Editorial Manager at Sebastian Daily. After graduating from Sebastian River High School, she studied at Indian River Community College. Tina worked at Dooney & Bourke for many years. She has lived in Florida all of her life.
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