A rare Rothschild’s giraffe has been born at West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire – the third baby welcomed into the herd in just six months.
The six-foot-tall baby boy is son to first time mum, five year old Arusha. He joins playmates, Embu and Emali, who were born in August and September 2016.
Rothschild’s giraffe are currently listed as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). With numbers dropping at an alarming rate annually, giraffes as a whole are facing a “silent extinction,” as reported by Dr. Julian Fennessy, co-chair of the IUCN and Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF).
The GCF concentrates solely on working towards a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild. Their hard work and dedication has been recognised by the wildlife team at the safari park, as they’ve decided to name the baby ‘Fennessy’ in honour of the founders and directors of this brilliant charity. Fennessy joins West Midland Safari Park’s herd of giraffes, bringing its number up to 10. Groups will be able to see the herd on the four-mile drive-through safari, either out and about or in their yard, weather permitting.
For video of the new giraffe birth, click here.