Zoo celebrating giraffes on Saturday

Staff at the Lee Richardson Zoo have determined that the giraffe calf born on the morning of Friday is a healthy baby boy.  Video of the reveal can be found on the zoo’s Facebook page, website, and YouTube channel.


The zoo will continue celebrating the calf’s birth as well as his dad’s birthday from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, with both online and in-person giraffe themed activities.


Juani, the calf’s father, helped choose a name for his son thanks to a unique enrichment device created by zoo staff.  Video of Juani selecting a name will be shared online at 10 a.m. this Saturday.  The name will also be announced during the celebration at the zoo.


Guests can join zoo staff at the giraffe’s habitat for a show and tell featuring giraffe themed items, a scavenger hunt through the zoo for giraffe silhouettes, and to sign a card to be shared with our staff and giraffes.  At 10:30 a.m., a giraffe themed children’s book will be read aloud, and take-home craft kits will be handed out while supplies last.


Instead of gifts or a registry, guests are invited to give a freewill donation online or in-person to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to support conservation and management of giraffe populations in the wild.


Zoo guests are encouraged to wear masks and practice the recommended social distancing.