April's baby is finally here. She gave birth a little before 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
Around 7:30 a.m., the first signs of active labor appeared.
The calf is currently trying to stand on its own.
April is 15 years old. The calf is expected to weigh around 150 pounds and be about 6' tall at birth..
According to Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the average gestation period for a giraffe is about 15 months. Giraffes give birth standing up, so a newborn calf falls about 5 or 6 feet to the ground. A newborn will stand and run within a hour of birth, according to the GCF website.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature places the future of the species in its "least concern" category. The giraffe, which lives in arid and dry-savanna zones of sub-Saharan Africa, have seen its range shrink because of increasing human populations in West Africa, according to the IUCN website.
On Thursday afternoon, April got a visitor from another giraffe. Watch the encounter, here.
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