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Rare giraffe born on Boxing Day at Chester Zoo

A rare giraffe calf born on Boxing Day at Chester Zoo has been described by keepers as “the best Christmas gift.”

The six-feet-tall Rothschild' giraffe, which is yet to be sexed or named, arrived to first time mum Tula and dad Meru at around 7am and was up on its feet just minutes later.

Rothschild’s giraffes are one of the most endangered subspecies of giraffe and one of the world’s most at risk species. Recent estimates suggest that less than 1,600 individuals remain in the wild, primarily as a result of poaching and habitat loss.

Credit: Chester Zoo

Rothschild’s giraffes are highly endangered and so the arrival of a new calf is a major cause for celebration. It really is the best Christmas gift we could have ever have wished for.

– Sarah Roffe, Chester Zoo
Credit: Chester Zoo

Rothschild’s giraffe factfile

  • The Rothschild’s giraffe is named after zoologist Lord Walter Rothschild, founder of the National History Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire
  • They are also known as the baringo or Ugandan giraffe
  • The species is identified by its broader dividing white lines and has no spots beneath the knees
  • Giraffe population figures are declining across Africa