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It’s a Girl! Cape May County Zoo Welcomes its First Giraffe Calf in more than a Decade
Release Date: September 20, 2013
The staff at the Cape May County Park and Zoo are buzzing with baby news as they announce the birth of a female Giraffe, the first born at the facility in twelve years.
Born on September 2, weighing in at an estimated 150 lbs and measuring just under six feet tall, she is healthy and happy and the pride of the Cape May County Park and Zoo staff. Now nearly three weeks old, she has adjusted well and is currently being introduced to the outside enclosure area and the rest of her herd mates. This process takes time and the Zoo Veterinarians, Dr. Hubert Paluch and Dr. Alexander Ernst are giving her daily but limited access to the public viewing area, weather permitting.
The calf will make her formal debut on Wednesday, September 25 at 10 a.m. at the Savanna area of the Cape May County Zoo. Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton and Freeholder E. Marie Hayes will introduce the new addition to the public at that time. The public is invited to the ceremony. The calf will be spending more time in the viewing area as she becomes more acclimated to her surroundings.
The proud parents are the Dam, Joanie, a 7-year-old female who came to the Cape May County Zoo in 2011 from the Bronx Zoo. This is Joanie's first calf. The Sire, Sterling, a 17-year-old bull arrived at the Cape May County Zoo in 2011, as well. He came from Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. The calf joins the herd of three females and one male giraffe at the Cape May County Zoo.
Another addition to join the Zoo family is a female bison calf, the first ever born at the Cape May County Zoo. Making her entry into the world on August 29, 2013, she is healthy and happy and can be seen every day with her mother, Henrietta, in the North American Prairie exhibit at the Cape May County Zoo. Henrietta, a 4-year-old cow and Hank, the sire, both came from Six Flags Great Adventure in 2010. The calf joins the herd of two females and one male.
Bison are one of the most important animals in the History of the United States. Once numbering in the tens of millions,
American Bison were almost driven to extinction by American pioneers in the late 1800's. Conservation efforts by zoos have brought the Bison population back from the brink of extinction. While we may never see the great herds of American Bison like our forefathers did, the modern day population is stable in parts of its historic range.
"We are extremely excited about the new additions at the Zoo, and more importantly, proud of the staff that care for the animals and keep the park and zoo clean and beautiful. It is the combined dedication and talent each staff member contributes, from education, medical, maintenance and grounds and zoo keepers that make this facility the best in the state," said Freeholder Marie Hayes, liaison to the Park and Zoo. "We encourage our residents to come to the zoo to see the new animals and the Cape May County Park and Zoo is a gem, and a source of pride to the residents and the envy of other counties, and we have the staff to thank for that honor."
The Cape May County Park and Zoo is under the direction of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Supported in part by donations, the Cape May County Park and Zoo host nearly 400,000 visitors each year. The Cape May County Zoo is located at 707 North Route 9, Cape May Court House.
The Cape May County Zoo is open daily; hours are 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. during the summer and 10 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. during the winter. The Cape May County Park is open from 10 am until dusk daily.