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Endangered giraffe calf born at Woburn Safari Park

Arrow belongs to the extremely rare Rothschild's breed of giraffe. Credit: Woburn Safari Park

One of the rarest breeds of giraffe in the world has been born at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire.

The calf, named Arrow, is a Rothschild's giraffe, which are classified as endangered.

Their main threats in the wild come from habitat loss and poaching for their meats and hides.

The breed are restricted to a few isolated populations in Kenya and Uganda.

1,600
Rothschild's giraffes left in the wild
Arrow was born to parents Freya and Caspar. Credit: Woburn Safari Park

Arrow was born a few weeks overdue to experienced mother; 12-year old Freya, and 14-year old father, Caspar.

The calf - Freya’s fifth baby - joins siblings still living with the herd; Nkuru and Onyx.

Keepers have named him Arrow after the coat of arms from the Rothschild’s family.

The are only 1,600 Rothschild's giraffes left in the wild. Credit: Woburn Safari Park

“Like most newborns, the calf will usually spend a large part of the first week sleeping and feeding, although we have already seen the calf stretching his legs, chasing its aunt Quinn around the yard.

"By week two it is expected to be more active and certainly more wary of the keepers. It is likely, as the youngest members of the herd, that Quinn and the calf will spend more time together and will form a bond.”

– Lindsay Banks, Senior Keeper, Woburn Safari Park