Two New Giraffes Join the Herd at Reid Park Zoo

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: October 28, 2020 6:52 pm

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Sota and Penelope settle in at Reid Park Zoo

Photo Credit: Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo have welcomed two tall new arrivals from Como Zoo in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The two reticulated giraffes known as Penelope and Sota are settling in at the zoo.

Penelope turned two on October 2nd 2020 and currently measures 3.5m (11.4ft) tall. Sota has just turned one and is 3.2m (10.4ft) tall.

“Both giraffes are curious and were very quick to approach the Zoo’s animal care team. It’s exciting to see how comfortable they are with staff,” said Adam Ramsey, Animal Care Manager.

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Left: Sota the giraffe Right: Penelope the giraffe

Photo Credit: Reid Park Zoo

At Reid Park Zoo the two new arrivals will join two other giraffes, Jasiri and Denver who will be introduced to the new arrivals in the near future. Keepers will wait for the new arrivals to be comfortable in their habitat before starting introductions.

Currently the four giraffes are able to see one another in their barn at a distance.

“While we know guests will be eager to meet Penelope and Sota, they may be in for a short wait,” said Sue Tygielski, Reid Park Zoo’s Director of Zoological Operations.

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Sota and Penelope settle in at Reid Park Zoo

Photo Credit: Reid Park Zoo

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While giraffes are regularly seen in Africa scientists have identified that they are undergoing a silent extinction. Through analyzing population data they identified that the population has declined 40% over the last 30 years.

A range of threats including poaching, civil unrest, and loss of habitat have contributed to their decline. Reid Park Zoo supports the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Giraffe SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) Program, providing fieldwork in Uganda.

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Penelope the giraffe settles in at Reid Park Zoo

Photo Credit: Reid Park Zoo

Learn more about giraffe here – Giraffe Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about Reid Park Zoo on their website – Reid Park Zoo

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