New addition to Perth Zoo’s giraffe family

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson with Kitoto at Perth Zoo. Picture: Perth Zoo
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson with Kitoto at Perth Zoo. Picture: Perth Zoo

PERTH Zoo is eagerly awaiting the birth of their 10th giraffe calf, with the new addition expected to arrive later this winter.

The calf will be the second for female giraffe Kitoto and bull Armani, following the arrival of their first calf, Kamili, in March last year.

Kitoto fell pregnant again soon after but the exact due date is undetermined as giraffes have a 15-month gestation period.

The announcement coincided with World Giraffe Day.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced the news of the giraffe calf in time for World Giraffe Day today.

“Including Kamili, born last year, nine giraffes have been born at Perth Zoo since 1995,” he said.

“We look forward to welcoming the 10th calf this winter.”

Perth Zoo has four giraffes in their African Savannah area, named Armani, Kitoto, Kamili and Ellie.

Kitoto arrived after a 4200 km journey from Taronga Zoo to be introduced to Perth Zoo’s bull Armani in 2016.

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