Cleveland Metroparks Zoo welcomes newborn 6-foot tall giraffe - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo welcomes newborn 6-foot tall giraffe

Jhasmin born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. (Source: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo) Jhasmin born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. (Source: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A baby giraffe was born Sunday at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The 6-foot tall African Masai Giraffe male calf weighs 160 pounds.  

Both baby and mom, Jhasmin, are doing well. This is her second calf; her first calf, Adia, lives at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as well. 

"With the addition of this new calf, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is now home to five Masai Giraffe," said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Christopher Kuhar, PhD. "We invite guests to hand-feed giraffes at the Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter and learn how to take action to secure a future for their counterparts in the wild." 

The current giraffe population globally is estimated to be less than 80,000. Surprisingly, their numbers are declining across Africa - the population has decreased by nearly 40 percent in the last 15 years.  

Jhasmin is the 48th calf born at the zoo.  

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