Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Welcomes Their Latest Baby Giraffe

July 9, 2019
Msitu, a 10-year-old reticulated giraffe, with her new born calf.Msitu, a 10-year-old reticulated giraffe, with her new born calf.Courtesy Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Msitu, a 10-year-old reticulated giraffe, with her new born calf.

A giraffe herd at a Colorado Springs zoo has welcomed its 16th member following the birth of a calf.

Courtesy Cheynne Mountain Zoo
The unnamed baby giraffe calf stands up under the watchful gaze of its mother.

The 10-year-old reticulated giraffe named Msitu gave birth Saturday at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

The zoo says the calf was about 6 feet tall at birth and weighed more than 150 pounds. The mother and calf appear to be doing well.

The sex of the calf has not yet been confirmed. The zoo waits 30 days before naming babies.

Pregnancies for reticulated giraffes can last up to 15 months.

The calf is Msitu's third. She gave birth to Emy in 2013 and to Rae in 2017. Emy lives at a zoo in Peoria, Illinois. Rae remains with the Colorado Springs herd.