GIRAFFE CALF & BIRTH UPDATES!
Watch for Laikipia, the Zoo's second pregnant giraffe this year. She has not yet shown signs of labor, but is also due anytime. You may be able to watch her in the giraffe birth stall, mainly overnight from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. She may also be outside with the rest of the herd on the Zoo's outdoor GiraffeCams (http://cmzoo.org/giraffecam).
Welcome to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's temporary giraffe "Birth Cam"! This live cam shows our birthing stall, which will mostly be active overnight between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. During daytime hours, our two moms-to-be will typically be with the rest of the herd, until we see signs of the actual birthing process. You may see some other giraffes visiting the stall during the day, or keepers tending to it.
(During down times, you can view the original outdoor GiraffeCams on our website at http://cmzoo.org/giraffecam.)
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a non-profit, AZA-accredited zoo in Colorado Springs, CO, and it has one of the largest reticulated giraffe herds of any North American zoo. We currently have 16 in our herd!
At night, our camera automatically shifts into night-vision mode, and two dim red lights on the stall will help us view the giraffe at night. The red lights are enough for the giraffe to be visible with night vision, but not enough to disturb the natural daily cycles that our giraffe are used to. Although they are used to it being dark at night, they still only sleep about 20 to 60 minutes per night, just as they would in the wild. Giraffe can sleep standing up, so it is not usual for them to stay standing throughout the night, or to lay down for a portion of the night.
The first thing you will see when the time comes is two front hooves emerging from mom. After that, you should see the head. The back hooves will usually be the last thing to emerge, and then the calf will drop to the ground, naturally severing the umbilical cord and stimulating baby's first breath. After that, mom will encourage the calf to stand up within about an hour after birth, which can sometimes look like she's nudging or kicking the baby.
We will have CMZoo staff checking in throughout the night, so no need to alert us when the birthing process begins.
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