Way Beyond Watching.
Discover giraffes daily during Zoo hours, Mountain Time, weather permitting.
- Outdoor Giraffe Cam 1 – The original!
- Outdoor Giraffe Cam 2 – NEW, opposite, wider yard view than the original.
- Birth Cam – Will be added late April before the births, hosted on YouTube.
– Join us at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at facebook.com/CMZoo for weekly Facebook Live updates on our TWO giraffe-moms-to-be, as well as the rest of the largest reticulated giraffe herd in any accredited North American zoo. Muziki and Laikipia are in a race to produce the 200th giraffe calf in CMZoo history. Both are due late April or early May 2018.
Giraffe Herd FAQs
Who are the current moms-to-be and when are they due?
Muziki is turning 20 on April 3 and Laikipia is 10, and both were born here at CMZoo. They are due at the end of April or early May 2018!
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 17, with 2 babies on the way, making it 19 very soon!
How old is the youngest in the herd, Rae?
Rae won’t be the baby for much longer, but she is turning 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 giraffes 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 giraffes.
– Watch for our youngest 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.