Monday, September 14, 2009

Baby Giraffe Now On Exhibit at Binder Park Zoo!

Gesi, one of the new additions to Binder Park Zoo’s reticulated giraffe herd, can now be seen on savannah in Wild Africa, the Zoo’s award winning African exhibit. The baby giraffe will share the savannah with his mother Jasiri and many other exotic animals that roam the 18 acre exhibit. Gesi is the first giraffe born at Binder Park Zoo and the first giraffe born in Michigan in over 16 years.

“Watching Gesi step out onto exhibit was the realization of a dream that started over 13 years ago,” says Greg Geise, Binder Park Zoo President and CEO. “What better way to celebrate 10 years of Wild Africa than with a pair of beautiful baby giraffe.”

The baby giraffe will be on exhibit for a few hours each day, which will allow the youngster to become acclimated to the exhibit and allow the community to get a good look at him. Viewing times will be posted at the Zoo daily, but will be subject to change based on the needs of the baby.

A video of Gesi’s birth and some other clips of the first few days of his and his half brother’s life is on display at a special exhibit in Wild Africa, courtesy of Best Buy.

Gesi weighed 137 lbs at birth and stood 6 feet tall. He was standing and nursing within an hour of his birth. Baby number two weighed 116 lbs at birth and stood a bit shorter than his half brother at 5 feet 6 inches.

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