Busch Gardens Tampa is celebrating Valentines Day a few weeks early this year with a new baby female reticulated giraffe on Monday, January 27, 2011 born to Cupid, a female giraffe on the Serengeti Plain. This is Jafari’s second calf, and Cupid’s fifth. She stood tall at 6 foot, 2 inches and weighed in at approximately 176 pounds.
This new addition brings the park’s reticulated giraffe population to 19! Just one month ago on that day Tesa gave birth to Jafari's first calf which was also female. These births are apart of a successful long-term breeding program known as the SSP or Specials Survival Plan at Busch Gardens.
Remeber, You can view these amazing animals from the Serengeti Express, the Skyride or on a Serengeti Safari, an open-truck tour during which you can hand-feed reticulated giraffes and get up-close with the other animals on the plain. To book a Serengeti Safari click here and stay tuned here for all the latest news on animal births at Busch Gardens Tampa.