The Wilds celebrates birth of male Masai giraffe calf

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CUMBERLAND, OH (WCMH) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced that a male Masai giraffe calf was born at The Wilds on July 10. The birth was visible to guests who were on an open air safari tour at The Wilds. The calf is reportedly strong and staying close to his mother. The zoo says the calf’s mother, Lulu, is a first-time mother. She was born at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in 2012. The calf’s father, Raha, was born at the Los Angeles Zoo in April 2006. The calf may be visible to guests on both Wildside and Open-Air Safari Tours.
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Tall tale: study reveals that giraffes are four species, not one


Genetic research on the world’s tallest land animal has found that there are four distinct species of giraffe, not just one as long believed, with two of them at alarmingly low population levels.

Scientists on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive genetic analysis of giraffes using DNA from 190 of the towering herbivores from across their range in Africa.

The genetic data showed that four separate species of giraffes that do not interbreed in the wild inhabit various parts of the continent.


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Killing a Giraffe Could Get You Under Fire!

What a bizarre story, when you think about it:

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A big-game trophy collector from Idaho has ignited a firestorm of criticism from animal-rights activists for flaunting online images of herself posed with the carcasses of a giraffe and other wildlife she killed during a recent guided hunt in South Africa.

Sabrina Corgatelli, an accountant for Idaho State University, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday to defend trophy hunting amid mounting international outrage over last month’s killing of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, by an American dentist.

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Africa’s Giraffes Slaughtered by Poachers


In another sad tale of endengaring various species in Africa, TakePart reported an increase in poaching of Giraffes. The executive director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation Julian Fennessy explained the phenomenon is on the rise and giraffes really do not get “the attention they deserve.” The worst are the regions of Keny,a Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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