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20120323_Giraffe_AnnBROWNSVILLE – It’s a girl! The Gladys Porter Zoo’s baby giraffe Ann, the newest baby reticulated giraffe born on Saturday, February 4, joined the rest of the herd. At birth, she weighed 80 pounds and measured in five feet tall. She is the eighth member of the herd.

In the month since Ann’s birth, zookeepers have kept a close eye on mother and baby. They are housed in a separate stall and special padding has been installed to provide better footing for baby Ann.

“We had to make sure she was able to keep up with the rest of the herd before we placed her on exhibit,” said Jerry Stones, facilities director at the zoo.

20120323_Giraffe_Ann_01The baby giraffe was named after the late Ann Ray, a long-time board member and ardent supporter of the Gladys Porter Zoo.

Zookeepers report that Ann, a healthy baby giraffe is nursing properly. She can be seen shadowing her mother throughout the giraffe yard. The Gladys Porter Zoo is the birth place to all the giraffes on exhibit except for Basel, Ann’s father who is on breeding loan from San Diego Wild Animal Park.

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