Thanks to spring-like temperatures, our baby giraffe Bahati has quietly made her public debut. The nearly 3-month old calf, along with the other female members of our herd, can be seen on exhibit on warm weather days.
"Giraffe have unique bodies that do not allow them to easily regulate heat, and calves are more susceptible to colder temperatures than adults," said Kate Cortelyou, lead giraffe keeper. "Recommendations from giraffe care experts say that calves be held in a heated barn anytime temperatures are below a "feels-like" temperature of 60 degrees when sunny, 65 degrees when cloudy and 70 degrees when raining."
Bahati is mom Margarita and dad Congo's third calf. Their first was born in 2010, and the second, a female named Camilla, was born in 2012 and left Nashville last year to join her permanent herd at the Columbus Zoo. With the addition of Bahati, Nashville Zoo is home to three Masai giraffe and one reticulated giraffe.