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Baby giraffe delights visitors at Dubbo zoo on his first public appearance for World Giraffe Day 

Adorable Baby Giraffe Delights Zoo Visitors At Its First Public Performance For World Giraffe Day

  • A baby giraffe has appeared at the Dubbo dierentuin zoo during a morning walk
  • The new resident of Dubbo Zoo was born on a foggy morning last Saturday
  • The newborn is the seventh for mommy Ntombi and first timer daddy, Mtoto

A newborn giraffe calf has surprised guests on a morning behind-the-scenes walk at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Guests at the Dubbo Zoo were the first to see the male calf in the long grass just after sunrise on Saturday, just days before World Giraffe Day on Tuesday.

Giraffe keeper Bobby-Jo Vial, who led the walk, said the calf’s silhouette was just visible through the mist over the paddock.

A male calf (photo) was born on Saturday, days before World Giraffe Day on Tuesday

A male calf (photo) was born on Saturday, days before World Giraffe Day on Tuesday

The species has been dwindling in the past 30 years, with a sharp 40 percent decline threatening their survival

The species has been dwindling in the past 30 years, with a sharp 40 percent decline threatening their survival

Giraffe owner Bobby-Jo Vial said she saw the silhouette of the young calf (pictured) through some fog early Saturday morning

Giraffe owner Bobby-Jo Vial said she saw the silhouette of the young calf (pictured) through some fog early Saturday morning

“I knew something had happened because of the very foggy conditions,” she said.

“Giraffes coincide with the weather for giving birth, such as storms or extreme weather, as it helps hide the vulnerable calves from predators.”

It is the seventh calf for dam Ntombi, while sire Mtoto was first transferred to the zoo’s breeding herd in 2019 to increase genetic diversity in the population.

The numbers of giraffes in the wild have declined over the past decade, with numbers plagued by habitat degradation, snares, civil unrest and poaching.

The wild population is estimated to be less than 117,000, a 40 percent decrease in 30 years.

The young calf gets some sun on Saturday in Dubbo Zoo (photo) surprising guests

The young calf gets some sun on Saturday in Dubbo Zoo (photo) surprising guests

The calf (pictured) is the seventh for mother Ntombi, while the first time father Mtoto was transferred to the zoo's breeding herd in 2019 to increase genetic diversity in the population

The calf (pictured) is the seventh for mother Ntombi, while the first time father Mtoto was transferred to the zoo’s breeding herd in 2019 to increase genetic diversity in the population

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