Way Beyond Watching.
Discover giraffe daily during Zoo hours, Mountain Time, weather permitting.
- Outdoor Giraffe Cam 1 – The original with a new viewing angle, shown below.
- Outdoor Giraffe Cam 2 – NEW, opposite, wider yard view than the original, shown below.
- Giraffe Birth Cam – Watch for the births in our birthing stall, live-streaming on YouTube.
Giraffe Calf News
– #201Tuesdays: Stay tuned for another new giraffe baby #201, on our live-streaming Giraffe Birth Cam. Our Tuesday giraffe tradition happens every Tuesday at #201Tuesdays on Facebook. Laikipia, the Zoo’s second pregnant giraffe this year, has not yet shown signs of labor, but is due anytime. You may be able to watch her in the birth stall, mainly overnight from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. She may also be outside with the rest of the herd.
– Watch Penny’s Life & Legacy Virtual Video Memorial on Facebook. A compilation of our memories of her, some updates since her passing, ways that her legacy is living on around the world and a thank you to all those who contributed to her care. To learn more about Penny, visit cmzoo.org/goodbyepenny.
Giraffe Herd FAQs
Who is the current mom-to-be and when are they due?
Laikipia is 10, and was born here at CMZoo. She is due at anytime and can often be seen on the Giraffe Birth Cam overnight!
How long are giraffe pregnant?
Giraffe gestation is an average of 14.5 months. Could be as short as 13 or as long as 15!
How many giraffe are in our herd?
We currently have 16, with 1 baby on the way, making it 17 very soon!
How old is the youngest in the herd, Rae?
Rae won’t be the baby for much longer, she was ONE on April 26, 2018. (The oldest is Tamu at 32 years old!)
What are the keepers feeding them in the videos we’ve seen?
The tan wafers are rye crisp crackers, which keepers use for special treats during training. You may have also seen them eating romaine lettuce leaves. Both are tasty snacks for our herd! Guests can feed our giraffe romaine lettuce any time of day for just $3 per bundle or $5 for two.
Why are some of the giraffe in the main yard and some in the side yard near the barn?
Most mornings, the giraffe are given the choice to go outside into the main yard or not – it’s their choice. If they do not go out all the way into the main yard, they can also stay in the side yard. Additionally, keepers may have separated specific giraffe from the herd for training or husbandry purposes.
Will the calves stay at CMZoo or will they be transferred to another facility?
All the calves will stay with our herd for some time. If recommended by the Species Survival Plan, which is a cooperative breeding program that most zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums participate in, they could move when they’re older. There is a geneticist that looks at the genetics and determines which animals should breed. If these babies have valuable genetics, they could move to another accredited zoo to start their own family, but it wouldn’t be for a while.
– It’s fun to see the giraffe pass their specially designed draw bridge first thing in the morning to go outside, and then return through the bridge to go inside for the night (times do vary). Learn more about giraffe.
– Watch for our older giraffe calf, “Rae.” She is often outside with the rest of the herd and is great friends with her great grandmother, Tamu. Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates! Click here for more about Rae, who arrived April 26, 2017.