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Rare Rothschild giraffe born at Port Lympne Reserve

Rare Rothschild giraffe born at Port Lympne Reserve


There has been a new arrival at Port Lympne Reserve in Hythe and she’s already five feet tall!

The Rothschild giraffe, born in late July is the first calf to parents Valentino and Lunar and most of all is also the first new giraffe at Kent’s largest wildlife park in eight years.

Rothschild giraffes are currently a critically endangered species and it’s approximated that only 750 remain in the wild. Port Lympne Reserve are part of a European breeding programme, designed to save the species.

Animal Manager, Simon Jeffery said: ‘We are absolutely over the moon to welcome this lovely calf. We’ve all been waiting anxiously for her arrival and managed to capture the ‘first moments’ on CCTV. Watching the footage back, we can see that the little one was trying to stand up shortly after birth, just as she would in the wild.’

If this doesn’t brighten your day…we don’t know what would!

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