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Published on February 25th, 2013 | by NSB Observer

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Zoo Celebrates Arrival of Baby Giraffe

Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is pleased to announce the birth of a male reticulated giraffe born February 21, at 4:40 a.m. This is the first calf for the 5-year-old mother, Luna, since arriving at the Jacksonville Zoo in April 2009.  For a first time mom, Luna has impressed staff with her maternal instincts, noting that she was very attentive to her son immediately after  his birth.

He stood on all four legs within an hour of his birth, then began nursing properly soon thereafter. His neo-natal or “well baby exam” was performed today.  He’s a healthy baby standing 6’2’’ and weighing 150 pounds.

“He’s the fifth giraffe calf born at Jacksonville Zoo in Gardens in the past 2.5 years and the zoo’s thirty-third.  We are thrilled to welcome another outstanding member to our extended zoo family”, said Dan Maloney, Deputy Director of Conservation and Education.

For nearly a century, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been dedicated to inspiring the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Started in 1914 with an animal collection that consisted of one red deer fawn, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens now has more than 1,800 rare and exotic animals. It has won national acclaim for its South American Range of the Jaguar exhibit and regional, state and local awards for its botanical gardens.

The Jacksonville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is open year-round, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Christmas day, and is located on Jacksonville’s north side at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95.  For more information on the Zoo, log on to www.jacksonvillezoo.org.

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