TAMPA, Fla.– Busch Gardens Tampa welcomed two baby reticulated giraffes last month. Guests can see the babies on the Serengeti Plain at the park.
Cupid, a 15 year-old giraffe, welcomed her seventh calf on June 11. The male calf weighed 188 pounds and was more than 6 feet tall. Tesa, an 18-year-old giraffe, welcomed her sixth calf on June 19; a female weighing 145 pounds and standing 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Within an hour of birth, the calves were standing and within two hours were nursing.
Giraffes are the tallest mammal on Earth, with males standing close to 18 feet tall and females close to 16 feet tall. The gestation period for a giraffe is between 14-15 months, and the female gives birth while standing.
The reticulate giraffe is one of nine subspecies of giraffe and are easy to distinguish because of their distinct “net-like” pattern, brown-orange spots and thick white lines. They are found in southern Somalia, Ethiopia and down into northeastern Kenya.
The best view is from the Serengeti train or the Edge of Africa area of the park. For a closer look, guests can reserve a Serengeti Safari, which is an open-truck tour offering guests a unique look at the 65-acre Serengeti Plain habitat where they will encounter African wildlife and even hand-feed giraffes with the help of an expert guide.