GULF BREEZE — Gulf Breeze Zoo is seeing double when it comes to baby giraffe these days.
Baby giraffe Gibson, who was born Aug. 2, now has company: Kelly was born early Sept. 6 to mother Kenya, a 7-year-old reticulated giraffe. She weighed 117 pounds and measured 5 feet, 8 inches tall at birth.
Both mother and baby are healthy and thriving. Visitors can see both babies, Kelly and Gibson, running and playing together in the exercise yard.
Giraffe are the tallest land mammals, with males reaching up to 18 feet tall. Giraffe generally give birth to one calf after a gestation of around 457 days (15 months).
Overall, the International Union for Conservation of Nature considers giraffe populations stable; however, large portions of their natural habitats have been destroyed.
The Reticulated African giraffe population has been estimated to range from only 4,500 to 4,700 in the wild.