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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Giraffe Born at Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo has played host to four baby giraffes in the past four years, the latest of which was born last Thursday. The 6'2" female weighs 125 lbs. and was named "Akili," which means bright or intelligent in Swahili.

Of the four, only one is a male. The male will be sent to another zoo, as males leave the herd when they become juveniles, seeking to mate. The three female calves will stay at the Memphis Zoo. It is too cold for the giraffes to be on exhibit, but they will return as soon as the temperature rises a bit.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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