Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch welcomed its 25th baby giraffe born at the Ranch since opening in 1984, ironically on June 25th. The female Reticulated Giraffe, appropriately named June, weighed 120 pounds and stands at 5 feet tall. She is the third generation of giraffe born at the ranch. The newest baby giraffe welcomes guests to the Ranch, being one of the first species visitors see as they enter. Two herds of giraffes find Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch a safe home away from home. Sadly, the wild populations of Reticulated Giraffes have declined by 80% since 1998. June is with mom, Carol, and dad, Marshall, in the Walk-A-Bout area at the entrance of the Ranch. She is slowly getting accustomed to visitors and still finds safe solitude in the distance of her enclosure, so with compassionate understanding, look carefully when visiting.
The average giraffe gestation is 15 months. Giraffes give birth standing up. Calves fall 6 feet to the ground, and stand up and run within an hour of birth. Giraffe calves are reliant on their mother’s milk for up to 9-12 months. Giraffes are the tallest living land mammals with average height ranging from 16-19 feet.