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New Baby Giraffe

It has happened! Finally, a new member to the Kaingo giraffe herd!


Jacque had the privilege of getting close enough to the new-born to get this great little clip.


The birth of a giraffe is a momentous occasion. The calf is born with the mother standing up. This causes the calf to drop from a height of almost two meters. The birth sack and embryonic fluid cushions the fall somewhat and gives the poor calf a very rude awakening!

After birth the calf is encouraged to stand up. The female may also lick the ossicones (small horns on a giraffe’s head) into their proper position as these are not yet attached to the scull at birth.


After birth the calf is encouraged to stand up. The female may also lick the ossicones (small horns on a giraffe’s head) into their proper position as these are not yet attached to the scull at birth.


This young giraffe will take its first feed from its mother. The colostrum is vital for the development of the calf’s immune system. Shortly however, it will drink from any lactating female within the herd. This co-operative feeding of calves ensures that the calves have the absolute best chance of survival.


All that is left to say is: “Welcome to the Kaingo family little giraffe. may you grow and prosper, live in wonder and good health, and give each of our guests a truly wonderful Kaingo experience”.



Bushveld greetings
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