TAMPA — Busch Gardens welcomed two baby giraffes last month. Within an hour of birth, the calves were standing and within two hours were nursing.
Cupid, a 15 year-old giraffe, had 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, had her sixth calf on June 19; a female weighing 145 pounds and standing 5 feet 8.
Giraffes are the tallest mammal on Earth, with males standing close to 18 feet tall and females close to 16 feet. The gestation period for a giraffe is between 14-15 months, and the female gives birth while standing.
The reticulate giraffe is one of nine subspecies of giraffe and are easy to distinguish because of their distinct "net-like" pattern, brown-orange spots and thick white lines. They are found in southern Somalia, Ethiopia and into northeastern Kenya.
The baby giraffes are now on the Serengeti Plain at Busch Gardens . The best view is from the Serengeti train or the Edge of Africa area of the park.