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The Growing (Giraffe) Family at the Cincinnati Zoo

As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquarium (AZA), the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden works closely with the AZA’s Population Management Center.   The Center works with accredited zoos throughout North America, drafting recommended Species Survival Plans (SSP) for roughly 340 species.  The Maasai giraffe that you see at the Cincinnati Zoo are carefully monitored and considered in these plans, both to safely preserve the species’ genetic diversity as well as to make sure there are enough new births to keep the captive population’s size stable and healthy.

Today, fewer than 150 Maasai giraffe exist in the North American captive population, including the five females and one male that live here at the Cincinnati Zoo.  In order to support genetic diversity in the North American Maasai giraffe population, considering its size, AZA-accredited Zoos breed animals only when given a Species Survival Plan (SSP) recommendation.

Nasha, Tessa and Lulu

Nasha, Tessa and Lulu

That being said, for all three of the Cincinnati Zoo’s recent giraffe births, the Zoo has received recommendations from the SSP.   Through evaluating their genetic diversity our male, “Kimba”, and seven-year-old female, “Tessa”, the SSP was able to determine that these two paired together create offspring that are genetically diverse, and provide genetics for future offspring that are not already well represented in the captive population.

In the wild, once a female giraffe reaches maturity, her natural behavior is to breed right away after a calf is born. When we can, zoos like to allow animals to imitate those natural wild behaviors.  At the appropriate age, a wild female giraffe is typically breeding, pregnant, or nursing a calf at all times.  Young giraffe are vulnerable to predators, which means the wild populations are not always stable, coupled with the long gestation period of about sixteen months, means there is always a need to breed. While there are not predators in captivity, zoos are responsible for carefully managing captive populations to keep both individual animals healthy and happy, as well as the group at large.

The Cincinnati Zoo’s giraffe keepers, animal care staff, and vets have worked closely with the AZA SSP Program Managers over the last five years and look forward to continuing Maasai giraffe breeding success in the future.  With the arrival of two new females, “Cece” and “Jambo,” last Spring, the Cincinnati Zoo is hopeful that the breeding program in Cincinnati will continue to grow and prosper.

 

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1 What's Gnu at the Cincinnati Zoo - 2014 » Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden - Page 12 { 05.14.14 at 3:09 pm }

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2 Sharon { 05.14.14 at 3:29 pm }

Whatever you do with these giraffes please don’t allow Denmark to get any of them or their descendants. The Copenhagen Denmark Zoo has needlessly killed one of their giraffes publicly and wanted to kill more just to make room for other giraffes.

3 Zak { 05.14.14 at 4:35 pm }

@Sharon You are aware that the US is literally the only place in the world that cared about that?

4 Anna { 05.15.14 at 4:05 am }

@Sharon- The Cincinnati Zoo is accredited by the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) that require a zoo to care for an animal through its natural lifespan. Copenhagen Zoo is accredited by the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and their standards are, obviously, VASTLY different. Cincinnati Zoo has said before that NO American zoo would do such a thing to their animals. They said: “You can rest assured that no Zoo in the US that is AZA accredited would be doing things like the Copenhagen Zoo. We only breed animals when we know we have a plan for that animal’s entire natural life. Zoos in Europe have very different ways of managing their animal populations than Zoos in the US”

5 Susan DeNyse { 05.16.14 at 8:26 pm }

I am very glad to read this concise and well-written statement today. I had read a very negative editorial published last week in the Enquirer. The writer had compared the Zoo’s giraffe-breeding program to the cruelty to animals stories recently published in the same paper. The writer stated Tessa had produced three calves in three years. This provides the community with the accurate information.

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