YES!!! It's a Girl !!
On January 7th at 2:38 am Vivian gave birth to 5'10" 122lb. baby girl!!!
Mom and baby are doing great. We'll post more updates soon. We want to keep everybody updated on baby's progress so we'll post photos and other updates here as we get them.
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/ .
View the full extended birth video here.
We have tried to carefully document the birth of our newest giraffe calf. We want to celebrate this incredible birth, while continuing to improve husbandry techniques and share our giraffe birthing experience with other zoos around the world. We hope to increase awareness about the current state of the world's giraffe populations.
A camera was installed in Vivian's maternity holding stall to monitor and record the birth of a baby giraffe zoo staff has been monitoring the camera for 24/7 for months in preparation of the birth. When the big moment finally came, we captured the entire process.
View the short version birth video here.
Because giraffes are threatened in their native habitat, every birth is a important one, giving zoologists, conservationists, and researchers the opportunity to study giraffes and their offspring as well as educate and inspire zoo visitors. In conjunction with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan (SSP), Peoria Zoo participates with other accredited zoos in cooperative breeding programs dedicated to building healthy, thriving giraffe populations with an emphasis on maintaining genetic diversity. Information gained through SSP husbandry and reproduction programs is used to promote meaningful initiatives meant to foster growth in wild giraffe populations.
Cast your vote for the Giraffe Calf Name-Beginning January 26, 2018
On Friday, January 26; we will be posting the six potential giraffe calf names selected by zoo staff here on the zoo's website. The public will be invited to vote on the name for the calf. Each vote will be a $1 donation with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. The remaining proceeds wlll be used for the care and enrichment of the baby, mother Vivian, dad Taji, and brother, Finely. The vote will remain open until midnight Feb 25th. and the winning name will be announced on March 1 at a press conference. Stay tuned for more details.
Just in case you haven't seen enough Giraffe Birth Videos...you can view the Finely birth video here - 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.