Has Vivian Giraffe had her baby yet?
On November 1st we announced that Vivian is expecting ... again!!!
A recent ultrasound performed on Vivian confirmed the zoo staff’s suspicion that Vivian is indeed pregnant. The staff is elated and preparations for the baby giraffe's arrival by the end of the year are underway. The Zoo is currently home to four giraffes. Emy, a 4 year old female; Taji, a 12 year old male; Vivian, an 8 year old female; and Finely,who was born to Taji and Vivian on Jul 25, 2016.
Want to help welcome our new bundle of joy? Mom and the rest of her Zoo family are “registered” at www.peoriazoo.org/donate/giving-tree/ .
We want to keep everybody updated on Vivian's progress so we'll post photos and other updates here until Vivian gives birth.
We're anxious for Vivian to give birth too!!
So... in preparation for the BIG DAY, we've posted the delivery video of Finely - Born 25 July 2016
Finely was born very early in the morning on 25th of July 2016 to mother, Vivian, and father, Taji, bringing the total giraffe population at the zoo to four. Finely weighed in at 102.5 lbs and is 5 feet 4 inches tall. We can't wait to see how tall Finely's new brother or sister will be. The very pregnant, Vivian and the rest of the family can currently be viewed on exhibit or in their dayroom.
Zoo staff modified an off-exhibit stall to offer a secure, quiet and soft overnight place for the expectant Vivian and her calf. A video camera was installed in that stall so the staff could monitor the Vivian and her calf 24/7.
6 Nov 2017: Vivian at morning check 8:00 am.
6 Nov 2017: Vivian with the rest of the group.
6 Nov 2017: Taji checking out the Vivian's wood chips.
6 Nov 2017: Then Emy decided to check out the space.
6 Nov 17: Finely took a turn in Vivian's night stall.
6 Nov 2017: This stall seems to be a hit with everybody.
7 Nov 2017: Emy spending time in the birthing stall.
7 Nov 2017: Taji and Emy hanging out this afternoon.
7 Nov 2017: Vivian settling in for the evening.
8 Nov 2017: black & white photos are night vision stills.
8 Nov 2017: Vivian gets a late night snack.
8 Nov 2017: Vivian gives a nice view of her baby bump.
9 Nov 2017: Vivian ready for her morning routine.
9 Nov 2017: Ahhh the sun was out this afternoon.
10 Nov 2017: Vivian's keeper getting her stall ready.
13 Nov 2017: Vivian moves to spend time with Taji.
13 Nov 2017- Emy checks out the birthing stall.
13 Nov 2017: Finely's turn to check out the stall.
15 Nov 2017: Vivian spending some time outside today.
15 Nov 2015: Vivian comes in for some lunch.
15 Nov 2015: Vivian checks out the camera.
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