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Dublin Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Rothschild giraffe calf. Born in the early hours of Thursday, September 12, the healthy giraffe calf stands at 1.8 meters tall and weighs an estimated 60kg. The newborn joins the rest of the giraffe herd at Dublin Zoo, along with its mother Casey and father Tafari, in the African Savanna.

 Zoo Keeper at Dublin Zoo, Pamela O’Brien said: “We are very excited about the latest addition to the giraffe herd. Casey, his mother is doing an excellent job and is very attentive to her newborn. The calf is full of energy and very inquisitive!”

The Rothschild giraffe is one of the most threatened of the nine sub-species of giraffe. Rothschild male giraffes grow to six metres in height and can weigh over 2000kg. Fewer than 670 remain in the wild.

Giraffe House Challenge

To celebrate the new arrival and Science Week 2019, Dublin Zoo is calling upon young designers to participate in ‘The Giraffe House Challenge’. This innovative competition tasks budding young designers to try their hand at creating a new giraffe house.

To enter, students will sign up to a one-day programme at Dublin Zoo where they will learn from a team of experts including zookeepers, engineers and sustainability experts before setting on their challenge to design a new giraffe house.

‘The Giraffe House Challenge’ takes place from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8 and Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 2019 in Dublin Zoo. The programme has been specifically designed for 3rd – 6th class primary students and 1st to transition year secondary students.

The winner will receive an incredible €2,000 off their school’s electricity bill for a year and runners up will secure a trip to W5 in Belfast for their entire class, with thanks to SSE Airtricity. SSE Airtricity is Ireland’s largest provider of 100 percent green energy and sustainability partner to Dublin Zoo.



Ladies and gentlemen, may we present to you an adorable baby giraffe. 

The currently unnamed creature was born on Tuesday at Dublin Zoo.

The female giraffe is already over 6 foot tall, despite being a baba.

 The calf was born to mother Maeve and father Tafari.

Her birth is a serious celebration at Dublin Zoo, as fewer tan 670 of her kind exist in the wild, according to 98FM.

Her arrival even caught the attention of the Taoiseach, who tweeted about the birth of the 'new constituent.'

'The giraffe calf is very lively and is engaging positively with the rest of the herd,' Dublin Zoo's Helen Clarke-Bennett told Buzz.ie.

'Mother Maeve and her calf are healthy and Maeve is doing an amazing job of looking after the new arrival.'

'We’re very excited about this addition to the Dublin Zoo herd and to see what the rest of the year will bring.'



We can never get enough of cute baby animals, so luckily for us Dublin Zoo have just welcomed a new and oh-so lovely arrival.

The zoo is now home to a new baby Rothschild giraffe, who was born on October 28.

Just look at him there, all gangly-legged and tiny:

Though adult giraffes can grow to a staggering 6m, this little fella currently measures up at just 1.5m… around the same height as us, really.

At one week old, the little one weights  45kg, but by adulthood that could increase to as much as 2000kg. He better start eating his veggies.

The new baby joins a herd of nine giraffes at the zoo, including another youngster who was born back in May.

"The calf was born in the giraffe house with the other female members of the herd present," team leader Helen Clarke-Bennett explained.

"The team watched the birth unfold on our closed circuit cameras.

The birth took over an hour and we noticed that the herd was very attentive each step of the way."

Giraffes are the tallest of all living mammals, with their long necks giving them the choiciest picks of leaves from the top of tall trees.

Like human fingerprints, each giraffe's coat has its own unique markings.