Busch Gardens welcomes a new baby giraffe to the Serengeti Plains
Cupid, a 15 year-old giraffe, welcomed her seventh calf on June 11. The male calf weighed 188 pounds and was more than 6 feet tall. Tesa, an 18-year-old giraffe, welcomed her sixth calf on June 19; a female weighing 145 pounds and standing 5 feet 8 inches tall. Giraffes are the tallest mammal on Earth, with males standing close to 18 feet tall and females close to 16 feet tall. The gestation period for a giraffe is between 14-15 months, and the female gives birth while standing.
The best view is from the Serengeti train or the Edge of Africa area of the park. For a closer look, guests can reserve a Serengeti Safari, which is an open-truck tour offering guests a unique look at the 65-acre Serengeti Plain habitat where they will encounter African wildlife and even hand-feed giraffes with the help of an expert guide.