The giraffes at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch have proven over the years to hold a special place in the hearts of caretakers. The Ranch opened in 1984, and since that time over 25 giraffe calves have been reared. The majority have been naturally raised by their mothers. On rare occasions circumstances have forced caretakers to intercede to insure the survivability of the calf. We have recently had one of those situations. Link to the news story to watch how such a huge responsibility makes such an impact and an unbreakable bond.
Sadly, the wild populations of Reticulated Giraffes have declined by 80% since 1998. This little know fact adds to the importance of the survivability of giraffes in captivity. Link to this story to learn more about what is happening to wild populations.
Notes: 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.