Zoo welcomes baby giraffe, Zawadi

Evan Carter
The Detroit News

The Detroit Zoo got a new addition on Saturday, when one of its giraffes gave birth.

At 8:21 p.m. Saturday, 7-year-old Kivuli gave birth to a female reticulated giraffe after a 14-month gestation period.

At 8:21 p.m. Saturday, 7-year-old Kivuli gave birth to a female reticulated giraffe after a 14-month gestation period. At birth the calf weighed 166 pounds and stood over 5 feet tall. The father is 8-year-old Jabari.

The calf took her first steps within half an hour of birth and nursed throughout the night according to zoo officials.

This birth is the pair’s second in two years. A male, Mpenzi, was born on Sept. 30, 2014.

The calf took her first steps within half an hour of birth and nursed throughout the night according to zoo officials.

On Thursday, the zoo said the calf's name is Zawadi. Her name, which means “gift” in Swahili – one of the languages of East Africa where reticulated giraffes are found – was given to her by zoo partners at Doner in honor of our nearly 35-year relationship with the advertising agency, the zoo said on its Facebook page. Doner has helped us tremendously in sharing the Detroit Zoological Society’s mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife for more than three decades. Giraffe Encounter feeding opportunities will be closed through Aug. 23 while work is done on the giraffe habitat.

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