Baby giraffe born at Monarto Zoo for second time in 2019

A second baby giraffe has been born at Monarto Zoo for the year.

Mother Kinky gave birth to her fifth calf at 10am on Thursday.

Keeper Kat Ferres said the baby was doing well and settling into life among the herd.

"The little calf stood fairly quickly after it was born and now appears to be well-looked after by mum Kinky and the other giraffes," she said.

"It's pretty special to see so many different ages and sizes all together."

Another of the zoo's giraffes, Myeisha, gave birth in April.

Wild giraffe populations have plummeted from 155,000 to 70,000 over the past 35 years due to habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest.

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