By George, a welcome addition to resort zoo

The new Rothschild giraffe calf with its family at Flamingo Land.
The new Rothschild giraffe calf with its family at Flamingo Land.
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Flamingo Land Resort staff are celebrating a new, leggy arrival at the attraction’s zoo.

A new female giraffe calf has increased the resort’s animal collection, taking its Rothschild giraffe family to six.

The calf was born to parents George, 10, and Lizzy, 8, last month after a 15-month gestation period.

A competition is set to be launched in the next few days to name the new arrival

Ross Snipp, zoo manager at Flamingo Land, said: “The arrival of our giraffe calf was a very special day for the entire Flamingo Land team, especially the keepers who have cared for mother Lizzy during her pregnancy.

“We were proud to enjoy the safe arrival of our giraffe calf and we are very much looking forward to seeing her grow and develop under our care and guidance. Weather permitting, we hope that our new baby will be available for our visitors to see during the forthcoming February half term school holidays.

“Our giraffe family can be seen in the Lost Kingdom section of our park and our viewing platform allows visitors to see them almost ‘eye-to-eye’ as well as from the ground level walkways.”

Giraffes as a species are listed as Vulnerable, with an estimated 1,600 Rothschild sub-species in the wild.

Threatened by habitat loss, civil unrest, poaching and ecological changes the giraffes at Flamingo Land are part of a global conservation programme to support the breeding of the species in captivity.

l The name competition details will be available at http://www.flamingoland.co.uk.