NEW VIDEO: Tender Moment Between Newly Born Giraffe Calf, Mother Giraffe at Brevard Zoo

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father is 19-year-old Rafiki, who has sired all 11 calves born at the Zoo

UPDATED VIDEO: Tender Moment Between Newly Born Male Giraffe Calf and Mother Giraffe at the Brevard Zoo.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Brevard Zoo’s Animal care staff is rejoicing in the arrival of the zoo’s newest giraffe calf, a male born to 16-year-old Milenna in the early evening hours of March 17 following a 13–15-month gestation period.

His father is 19-year-old Rafiki, who has sired all 11 calves born at the Zoo. Both the newborn and his mother appear to be thriving.

Zoo staff captured the first moments of his life on video. Viewers will note a six-foot fall to the ground upon birth and the calf’s first steps.

“Every birth is incredibly significant, but giraffe births are especially awe-inspiring,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “We’re thrilled to share this moment with the world.”

Weighing 148 pounds and measuring 6-feet-3-and a half inches tall, he is just a half-inch shorter than Greg, Milenna’s previous calf, was upon birth in March 2016.

The as-yet-unnamed calf and his mother will remain behind the scenes for the next few weeks before joining the rest of the tower in the public viewing area.

Eight of the Zoo’s nine giraffes belongs to the Masai subspecies, which is native to Tanzania and southern Kenya. Habitat loss, poaching, disease and civil unrest pose the most significant threats to wild giraffe.

ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard Zoo’s Animal care staff is rejoicing in the arrival of the zoo’s newest giraffe calf, a male born to 16-year-old Milenna in the early evening hours of March 17 following a 13–15-month gestation period. (Brevard Zoo video)

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Brevard Zoo’s Animal care staff is rejoicing in the arrival of the zoo’s newest giraffe calf, a male born to 16-year-old Milenna in the early evening hours of March 17 following a 13–15-month gestation period. (Brevard Zoo image)

Brevard Zoo’s Animal care staff is rejoicing in the arrival of the zoo’s newest giraffe calf, a male born to 16-year-old Milenna in the early evening hours of March 17 following a 13–15-month gestation period. (Brevard Zoo image)

Brevard Zoo’s Animal care staff is rejoicing in the arrival of the zoo’s newest giraffe calf, a male born to 16-year-old Milenna in the early evening hours of March 17 following a 13–15-month gestation period. (Brevard Zoo image)

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