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13/02/2017

News release - Issued by Flamingo Land Resort

Rothschild Giraffe Calf Born at Flamingo Land Resort

Flamingo Land Resort is proud to announce the arrival of a giraffe calf within their animal collection, taking its Rothschild giraffe family to six.

The female was born to parents George, 10, and Lizzy, 8 on 17th January after a 15 month gestation period.

“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,” said Ross Snipp Zoo Manager Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire. “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.”

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.

“Weather permitting, we hope that our new baby will be available for our visitors to see during the forthcoming February half term school holidays,” said Ross. “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.”

Visitor talks with a giraffe zookeeper can be enjoyed at 12 noon each day and are included within the zoo admission price to the park.

In the coming days, a competition will be launched to name the new baby giraffe. Details will be available at http://www.flamingoland.co.uk/

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Press Information:

Members of the press are welcome to photograph or film the giraffes.

For further information, to book an appointment or receive hi-res images please contact Sarah Mills, Director of Marketing, Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire at sarahmills@flamingoland.co.uk