Fort Worth Zoo tickled pink over giraffe birth
August 16, 2012
Zoo announces birth of female reticulated giraffe
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Fort Worth Zoo welcomed the newest member of its giraffe herd, a female, on July 29, 2012. At birth, Tatu weighed in at 160 pounds and measured 6 feet tall. When fully grown, she will weigh up to 2,600 pounds and measure about 15 feet from horn to hoof. Tatu (pronounced tah-too), the third calf born to mother Kala, is named the Swahili word for the number three.
The Fort Worth Zoo houses reticulated giraffes, a name that describes the mammal’s chestnut-brown rectangular markings. Like human fingerprints, each giraffe has a different pattern. Native to the African savannahs, a giraffe’s most distinguishing feature is its long neck, which can account for 7 feet of its height.
The Fort Worth Zoo has housed giraffes since 1952 when the Zoo Association purchased a 3-year-old male giraffe named Topper. Tatu is now on exhibit with the rest of the Zoo’s giraffe herd (four females and one male) in the African Savannah.
The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.
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